WASHINGTON (NNS) -- As part of the Navy's continuing efforts to eliminate sexual assaults, the Chief of Naval Personnel announced Nov. 14 requirements for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Fleet training.
As outlined in NAVADMIN 336/12 at www.npc.navy.mil, all active and reserve Sailors in ranks E6 and below will take part in targeted SAPR-Fleet (SAPR-F) training.
The training will be delivered by mid-level leadership teams from their command, and must be completed by March 31.
SAPR-F training is meant to educate Sailors on the magnitude of the problem of sexual violence in the Navy and to emphasize the role that each Sailor's decision-making has on sexual assault prevention. SAPR-F also aims to help members understand the reporting options available to victims of sexual assault, as well as where to go for help.
The training uses video vignettes and facilitated discussion to educate Sailors on their responsibilities to intervene in situations of possible assault or sexual assault. Sailors are trained not as potential perpetrators of sexual assault, but as bystanders who can and must intervene with other Sailors when they encounter risky situations.
Rear Adm. Martha Herb, director of Personnel Readiness and Community Support, emphasized the important role that this bystander intervention plays in preventing sexual assault.
"Sexual assault prevention and response is about courage: for victims to report, for shipmates to intervene, and for leaders to do what needs to be done. We all must have the courage to do what's right," said Herb. "Bystanders have the power - and responsibility - to intervene in a potentially harmful situation, regardless of rank."
SAPR-F training follows SAPR-Leadership training, which was designed to raise leaders' awareness about the reality of sexual assault in the Navy and to emphasize their key prevention and response roles. SAPR-L and SAPR-F complement the Navy's training continuum for sexual assault prevention and response, which begins when each Sailor enters the Navy. The wide-sweeping reach of this initiative ensures that all Sailors are empowered to intervene to stop sexual assault.
Completion of all SAPR training will be reported using the Fleet Training Management Planning System (FLTMPS). Commands are required to complete SAPR-F training no later than March 31.
SAPR is an important element of the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, which builds resiliency to hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy.
Additional information regarding SAPR training efforts can be found at the SAPR L/F training Web pages at www.sapr.navy.mil.
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