Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program

Tuesday March 27, 2007

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:

- Create a climate that will prevent sexual assault in the Army;
- Create a climate that will encourage victims to report incidents of sexual assault without fear of reprisal;
- Establish sexual assault training and awareness programs to educate Soldiers and leaders;
- Ensure the sensitive, confidential and comprehensive treatment to restore victims' health and well-being; and
- Ensure leaders understand their roles and responsibilities regarding response to sexual assault victims, thoroughly investigating allegations of sexual assault, and take appropriate action against offenders.

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:

- Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARC). An Army-wide victim advocacy program led by SARCs and supported by a cadre of full-time, professional victim advocates who interact directly with victims of sexual assault and other response agencies.
- Deployable SARC (DSARC). DSARCs and Unit Victim Advocates (UVA) provide advocacy services in a deployed environment and for geographically dispersed units in CONUS and OCONUS not covered by and Installation SARC. The Army SAPR Program requires one DSARC at each brigade level unit and higher echelon and two UVA for each battalion sized unit.

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