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Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award

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The Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation award recognizes a group or an individual (Sailor or civilian) from Navy who contributed or developed an innovative idea, concept, methodology, or approach that positively impacts Sexual Assault Prevention Programs either on an installation, deployed environment, or in the Reserves.


By allowing the submission of the award application, the awardee(s) agrees to provide photographs, videos, media material and/or sound recording to SAPRO for general use with the press and to post on websites.


All awardees must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Ø    Awardees may be Navy personnel (active-duty or reserve) or federal government civilians who have contributed to sexual assault prevention (may include investigators, chaplains, first responders, SARCs, SAPR VAs, or Unit SAPR VAs).

Ø    Only active-duty or reserve Navy personnel may make a nomination for the Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award.

Ø    No anonymous nominations will be accepted.

Ø    The award nominee must have been assigned to the organization any time during the award period of 1 July 2015 – June 30 2016.

Ø    If a nominee executes a permanent change of station (PCS) or is transferred, the overall service component or organization headquarters may still consider that nomination based on the award period.

Ø    Command review of his/her/group personnel records for notations of convictions, non-judicial punishment, or other punitive administrative actions for sex-related offenses is required.

·                     Commanding Officer must review the nominee(s) personnel record for notations of Field Code 91 (convictions, non-judicial punishment, or other punitive administrative actions for sex-related offenses).


1.                   Nominations are due electronically no later than June 8, 2016 and must meet the following parameters:

a.                   Relevant to preventing, decreasing or eliminating sexual assault in the military.

b.                  Must be able to demonstrate idea, concept, or practice, and if available, also outcome or effectiveness.

c.                   Idea, concept or practice must NOT:

1.                   Violate UCMJ or DoD policy;

2.                   Contradict DoD’s or SAPRO’s strategic messaging;

3.                   Violate victim or service member rights, to include rights of accused;

4.                   Harm victims or service members; or

5.                   Undermine the Chain of Command.

2.                   The emailed submission should include the following:

a.                   NAME: Nominee’s full name, office and cell phone numbers and work e-mail address.

b.                  PHOTO: Digital (.jpg format) head and shoulder color photograph of nominee for publicity.

c.                   NARRATIVE: Description of nominee’s accomplishments warranting this recognition. The narrative should include details about the nominee's accomplishments and services in supporting prevention efforts relative to the submission.

The following should be addressed as appropriate:

1.                   What has the nominee accomplished on behalf of service members such as training or education of service members on sexual assault prevention? How or why those accomplishments were considered innovative?

2.                   How has the nominee’s service or program affected that nominee’s organization prevention efforts?

3.                   How has the nominee’s work brought about innovation in the areas of primary prevention within the military environment?

4.                   Where did the innovative idea come from? (Used by civilian organization, adapted from another type of program, etc.)

The narrative should be no longer than one single-spaced, 8.5” x 11” pages, 1” margin, and 12-point font. All acronyms must be spelled out and include the submitter’s title, affiliation, email address and mailing addresses.

d.                  BIOGRAPHY: Single-spaced biography (not to exceed one page).

e.                  CITATION: Citation, not to exceed 12 lines, highlighting the nominee’s accomplishments. Sample narrative is below:

Petty Officer Second Class Jane Doe for making an exceptional innovative contribution to the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program for the USS HOOYAH, from 09 October 2015 through 31 May 2016. She demonstrated unmatched compassion for service members and civilians, and unparalleled leadership and initiative in providing the most innovative (idea, concept, methodology or approach) for prevention of sexual assault onboard USS HOOYAH. Her dynamic personality, infectious energy, and genuine concern for the SAPR program contributed significantly to sexual assault prevention  within the command and enabled commanders to focus on the mission. Her actions reflect great credit upon herself, her shipmates, the United States Navy and the Department of Defense.


1.       Packages need to be emailed

2.       Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee whose recommendations will be endorsed by the Chief of Naval Operations and forwarded via the Secretary of the Navy to the Secretary of Defense.  Once the DoD review process is complete, DoD SAPRO will notify Navy and Navy will notify the awardee of the selection.   Awardees will be announced and recognized in October.


For questions or additional information contact LCDR Steven Smiraldo or Ms. Jeni Parker at OPNAV N172 Navy SAPR

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