Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
What is it?
The Army’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program promotes a climate that does not tolerate sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexually offensive language or gestures, while providing sensitive care and confidential reporting for victims of sexual assault, and accountability for offenders.
What has the Army done?
The Army continues to aggressively address sexual assault issues, focusing on prevention, caring for victims, holding offenders accountable, and assessing and refining our policies and programs. The Army’s comprehensive Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program is Chapter 8 of Army Regulation 600-20 (Army Command Policy).
The SAPR Program is a Commander’s program. Commanders will promote a change in organizational culture and command climate through the I. A.M. Strong campaign that will reinforce our core values, Warriors Creed, and standards of conduct. Commanders at the division level and higher are supported by SAPR Program Managers. Soldiers serve as Deployable Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARC) (at Brigade level) and Unit Victim Advocates (UVR) (at Battalion level) to assist the commander in meeting SAPR Program requirements. They also provide advocacy services in a deployed environment. Army-wide victim advocacy component of the SAPR Program is led by SARC and supported by a cadre of full-time, professional victim advocates who interact directly with victims of sexual assault and other response agencies.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned?
The Army continues to emphasize victim services and response capabilities, while re-dedicating its efforts to prevent sexual assaults before they occur. The Army has initiated a comprehensive sexual assault prevention campaign focused on leaders maintaining a positive command climate, which encourages peer-to-peer intervention where Soldiers do not tolerate behavior that left unchecked may lead to sexual assault. The campaign includes the “I. A.M. Strong” program where the letters I. A.M. stand for Intervene – Act – Motivate. “I. A.M. Strong” features Soldiers as influential role models; provides peer-to-peer messages and a social network to encourage Soldiers to participate; and offers community workshops, projects, and awards. The Secretary of the Army launched “I. A.M. Strong” at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Risk Reduction Training Summit on Sept. 9, 2008.
Why is this important to the Army?
Sexual Assault is a crime that has no place in the Army. It is contrary to Army Values and degrades mission readiness by devastating a unit’s ability to work effectively as a team.