Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program

What is it?  The Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) 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, accountability and program assessment.  The Army SAPR Program promotes sensitive care and confidential reporting for victims of sexual assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes.  The goals of the Army SAPR Program are to:

What has the Army done?  The Army continues to aggressively address sexual assault issues, focusing on prevention, caring for victims, prosecuting perpetrators whenever possible and constant monitoring and refinement of our policies and programs.  The Army has codified a comprehensive Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program in a new chapter (Chapter 8) of AR 600-20 (Army Command Policy), which was published in February 2006.  Significant components of the Army SAPR Program include:

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?  The Army will continue to assess and improve its SAPR Program.  Implementation of the Army’s Sexual Assault Data Management System in 2007 will facilitate SAPR Program management and assessment by collecting and integrating selected sexual assault incident data from existing Army SAPR Program component (investigative, medical, legal, and advocacy) automated information systems.

Why is this important to the Army? Sexual Assault is a crime that has no place in the Army.  It degrades mission readiness by devastating a unit’s ability to work effectively as a team.  It is contrary to Army Values and is punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. 

For additional information: Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program