From: The Honorable Niki Tsongas
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Date: 3/31/2017


Dear Colleague:

Please join us in requesting that the Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations fully fund the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) for FY18 at or above the level requested for FY17.

As you know, military sexual assault continues to be a significant problem within our Armed Forces, and SAPRO requires the appropriate resources to continue their work on the systemic issues in the military that lead to sexual assault. Please contact Anthony
Laretto in Rep. Tsongas’s office at
or 5-3411 with questions or to sign on to the letter. Thank you for your continued support of our servicewomen and men.



Niki Tsongas                                  Michael Turner                             Louise M. Slaughter

Member of Congress                      Member of Congress                    Member of Congress


April XX, 2017

Chairman Granger and Ranking Member Visclosky:

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) is tasked with implementing a comprehensive policy to ensure the safety, dignity and well-being of all members of the armed forces by eradicating military sexual assault. Strides towards this goal
have been made in recent years. For example, Military victims of sexual assault have been given an attorney to help them navigate the complicated military justice system through the Special Victims Counsel (SVC) Program. However, separate surveys conducted
by the Department of Defense and RAND indicate that more than 20,000 incidents of unwanted sexual contact occurred in the most recently surveyed fiscal year. It is clear a great deal of work remains to be done.

The responsibility of the SAPRO is complex and multifaceted. It focuses on preventing sexual assault through education and training campaigns at all levels, improving victims’ access to services and the quality of those services received, and proper handling
and resolution of a sexual assault case. The SVC Program in particular is critical to ensuring that victims’ needs are met during all phases of the response process. Each of these efforts, as well as an overall focus on changing the culture of the military,
is an integral part in addressing a systemic problem.

For these reasons, and for the protection and safety of all members of our military, we respectfully request that the Defense Subcommittee fully fund efforts for sexual assault prevention and response for FY18 at or above the level requested for FY17.




Niki Tsongas                                                 Louise M. Slaughter

Member of Congress                                     Member of Congress


Michael R. Turner

Member of Congress