Sexual assault prevention, and response program and resources

Tuesday March 18, 2008

What leaders are saying:

"Sexual assault is a crime that is incompatible with Army values and the Warrior Ethos. Sexual assault directly and negatively impacts readiness across the force. One incident is one too many."

"Soldiers must continue to live by the Army values and treat each other with dignity and respect. By doing so, we will make great strides toward eliminating sexual assault in our Army."

"Soldiers must protect and take care of each other and reinforce the "battle buddy" concept to help prevent sexual assault from happening to others."

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 program that centers on awareness and prevention along with training and education. Policy also emphasizes 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.

What has the Army done?

The Army is making great strides toward implementing effective sexual assault prevention and response programs and facilitating a culture intolerant to sexual assault. Current focus is to reinforce "bystander intervention (responsible buddy behavior)" to help prevent sexual assault from happening to others. Soldiers are consistently committed to the safety and well-being of fellow Soldiers in any situation or circumstance. We take care of our battle buddies.

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 training package, "Implementing Prevention - Bystander Intervention Training," facilitates the goal of creating an empowering climate: one where every Soldier is aware of the issues surrounding sexual violence, and where any behavior that might potentially facilitate sexual violence is not tolerated.

The Bystander Intervention Training reinforces responsible battle buddy behavior by presenting scenarios in which participants determine: if a sexual assault has occurred, how a bystander might have intervened, and, detecting the warning signs of a potential sexual assault.

- Current SAPR training DVD content and supporting materials

- Commander's sexual assault victim assistance checklist

How does this help the Army?

By encouraging Soldiers to ASK...ACT...INTERVENE, we establish a command climate of prevention that is predicated on mutual respect and trust, that recognizes and embraces diversity, and that values the contributions of all of its members.


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