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- Patrick M. Shanahan, former United States federal government official who served as acting U.S. Secretary of Defense



Program Overview

The Department of Defense is unequivocal in its commitment that victims of sexual assault be protected, treated with dignity and respect, provided proper medical and psychological care, and that the perpetrators of such assaults be held accountable in accordance with recognized principles of due process and the rules of law.

History: In February 2004, the former Secretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld directed a 90-day review of all sexual assault policies and programs among the Services and DoD, and recommend changes necessary to increase prevention, promote reporting, enhance the quality and support provided to victims, especially within combat theaters, and improve accountability for offender actions.  The Department quickly assembled the Care for Victims of Sexual Assault Task Force.  One of the recommendations emphasized the need to establish a single point of accountability for sexual assault policy within the Department. This led to the establishment of the Joint Task Force for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR).  The overarching elements of sexual assault prevention and response policy became permanent with the approval of DoD Directive 6495.01, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Policy, in October 2005.

Today, there are almost 24,000 certified SARCs and SAPR VAs within the DoD. The Department of the Air Force SAPR Program Strives to:

e the gap between the prevalence of sexual assault and reporting, while driving incidents down to zero. When sexual assaults do occur, SAPR provides victim-centered, gender-responsive, culturally competent and recovery-oriented care.

Sexual Assault: Intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent.

Consent: Permission to engage in sexual activity. A person must be of legal age (16 in the military, 17 in Louisiana), of sound mind (without mental disabilities that do not allow for a person to legally consent to sex), conscious, and awake to give consent. If incapacitated (passed out, unable to function) by alcohol, a person cannot give consent.  **No consent if coercion or a use/threat of force is involved**


SAPR Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

24-hour Hotline: 318-456-SARC (7272)

Victims' Counsel: 318-456-3387

Main Line: 318-456-8118

Other Agencies: 

Chaplain: 318-456-2111

Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA): 24/7 response: 318-233-2230

Family Advocacy Program (FAP): 318-456-6595

IG: 318-456-5049

Mental Health: 318-456-6600

Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC): 318-553-4597


241 Curtiss Rd, Bldg 4546 (across from the Med Group)





Victims' Counsel 

Military OneSource: 800-342-9647

DoD Safe Helpline: provides 24/7 anonymous, confidential sexual assault support for the DoD community: 877-995-5247

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)



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