Sexual Assault is contrary to Army values, degrades mission readiness, is a crime, and has no place in our Army. Over the past 18 months, the Army has implemented a comprehensive Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program to help us address this problem. We've made much progress, but we still have a long way to go.
Excerpt from 20 March 06 Army Senior Leader Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program Proclamation signed by The Secretary, the Chief of Staff and the Sergeant Major of the Army.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month - April 2006
What's going on?
In conjunction with the nation's and DoD's observation of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, Army will use the month to highlight its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SAPR).
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program reinforces the Army's commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive policy that centers on awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, response, reporting, and accountability. Army policy promotes sensitive care and confidential reporting for victims of sexual assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes.
The goals of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program are to-
- Create a climate that minimizes sexual assault incidents, which impact Army personnel, Army civilians, and family members, and, if an incident should occur, ensure that victims and subjects are treated according to Army policy.
- Create a climate that encourages victims to report incidents of sexual assault without fear.
- Establish sexual assault prevention training and awareness programs to educate Soldiers.
- Ensure sensitive and comprehensive treatment to restore victims' health and well-being.
- Ensure leaders understand their roles and responsibilities regarding response to sexual assault victims, thoroughly investigate allegations of sexual assault, and take appropriate administrative and disciplinary action.
What's has the Army Accomplished reference Prevention?
Stood up over 18 months ago, the Army's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program's (SAPR) mission is to annihilate this crime of violence through training, education and awareness programs to prevent sexual assault. Key areas of SAPR include:
- An Army-wide victim advocacy program led by Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs)
- Deployable SARCS (DSARCs) and Unit Victim Advocates (UVA) who provide advocacy services in a deployed environment
- Monthly Sexual Assault Review Boards (SARB) conducted by each installation commander and deployed senior mission commander, or their representative
- Sexual Assault Care Coordinators and Sexual Assault Clinical Providers who are present at military treatment facilities
Learn more about SAPR
DOD's SAPR www.sapr.mil
Army's SAPR www.sexualassault.army.mil