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Safe Helpline LogoAccording to the Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 6495.01, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program, sexual assault is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim.

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DHA-IPM 16-004: Interim Procedures Memorandum, Sexual Assault Medical Management with Consideration of Male Service members of the Armed Forces

Policy

This Defense Health Agency-Interim Procedures Memorandum (DHA-IPM) establishes a plan to improve medical care response to victims of sexual assault so that victims receive a coordinated, compassionate, and competent approach to address both physical and behavioral healthcare needs within the Military Health System (MHS).

  • Identification #: DHA-IPM 16-004
  • Date: 12/11/2017
  • Type: DHA Interim Procedures Memorandum
  • Topics: Sexual Assault Prevention

Protecting our people protects our mission

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4/19/2017
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Eliminating sexual assault requires every service member be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate culture and upholding military core values. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Kristan Campbell)

April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

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Raising the voice of the unheard

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4/18/2017
The Department of Defense, Air Force and Sexual Assault Prevention Response teams are working to make male victims more comfortable to report sexual assault. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Sarah Denewellis)

Studies show that men choose not to report a sexual assault for fear they will face disbelief, victim blaming and reprisal if they choose to report

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Air Force canine comforts sexual assault victims

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4/14/2017
Shellie Severa, the 354th Fighter Wing’s sexual assault prevention and response head victim advocate, poses with Tessa, the first SAPR K-9, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Severa is a certified K-9 trainer. She serves as Tessa’s primary handler and has been working as a victim advocate for nine years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Nicole Taylor)

Beginning in the winter of 2016, the golden retriever has already assisted seven victims

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Leadership dedicated to eliminating sexual assault

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4/12/2017
A Marine learns more about what the DoD Safe Helpline offers DoD personnel. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month across the DoD. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Phillips)

Senior leaders from various commands at Naval Support Activity Bethesda came together and signed a proclamation in support of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

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Victim Advocates: Critical members of sexual assault, prevention response

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4/10/2017
Navy Airman Erica Fischer, an aviation boatswain’s mate from Whidbey Island, Wash., conducts maintenance on an aircraft firefighting engine on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Navy photo by Seaman Zach Sleeper)

The SAPR team aboard the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower seeks to prevent and respond to sexual assaults, but also is working to eliminate that crime from the ranks

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Faces of Safe Helpline

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4/19/2016
Faces of Safe Helpline

Sexual assault survivors in the military can find the support they need, when they need it, with DoD Safe Helpline.

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SAPRO Director: Everyone has a part in preventing sexual assault

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4/14/2016
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month, and the theme for this year's observance is, "Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know Your Part. Do Your Part"

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Forensic examiners volunteer heart, soul to help sexual assault victims

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4/4/2016
Army 1st Lt. Storm Ness, right, holds a ruler to a mock victim of sexual assault's arm to demonstrate proper procedures while taking forensic photos during Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiner training at Womack Army Medical Center.

At Womack Army Medical Center, 20 caregivers volunteer as Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiners

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DoD Directive 6495.02: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program Procedures

Policy

This directive implements DoD policy and assign responsibilities for the SAPR Program on prevention, response, and oversight to sexual assault.

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