Accession Number : ADA623555


Title :   Sexual Assault: Actions Needed to Improve DOD's Prevention Strategy and to Help Ensure It Is Effectively Implemented


Corporate Author : GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a623555.pdf


Report Date : Nov 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 60


Abstract : Sexual assault is a crime that devastates victims and has a farreaching negative impact for DOD because it undermines DOD s core values, degrades mission readiness, and raises financial costs. DOD data show that reported sexual assaults involving servicemembers more than doubled from about 2,800 reports in fiscal year 2007 to about 6,100 reports in fiscal year 2014. Based on results of a 2014 survey, RAND estimated that 20,300 active-duty servicemembers were sexually assaulted in the prior year. Senate Report 113-176 includes a provision for GAO to review DOD s efforts to prevent sexual assault. This report addresses the extent to which DOD (1) developed an effective prevention strategy, (2) implemented activities department-wide and at military installations related to the department s effort to prevent sexual assault, and (3) developed performance measures to determine the effectiveness of its efforts to prevent sexual assault in the military. GAO evaluated DOD s strategy against CDC s framework for effective sexual violence prevention strategies, reviewed DOD policies, and interviewed cognizant officials


Descriptors :   *ASSAULT , *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , *MILITARY PERSONNEL , *SEX , ACTIVE DUTY , CRIMES , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , POLICIES , PREVENTION , SEXUAL HARASSMENT , STRATEGY


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE