Strengthening Our Suspect-Focus: How the Department of Defense Can Improve Its Approach to Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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Since 2004, the US Department of Defense DoD has experienced a great enlightenment in how it responds to allegations of sexual assault with the establishment of the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response SAPR program. A background summary of the SAPR program relevant to this study has been included in this report as Annex A. Combining the significant gains made in the civilian sector in the form of better integration of various response organizations with the particulars of the military environment, the DoD committed to an improved community and victim-focused response to the problem of sexual assault in the ranks. While this has allowed the DoD to make significant progress in addressing sexual assault within the services, the current SAPR program and DoD Major Criminal Investigative Organizations MCIOs hold greater potential in employment of a more robust suspect-focus from the prevention and response perspectives.