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Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military: Fiscal Year 2015

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Technical Report

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Department of Defense Washington United States

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The Department of Defense established the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office in 2005 to promote prevention, encourage increased reporting of the crime, and improve response capabilities for victims. The Office, in coordination with the Military Services, has been leading critical change in the Department for the past 10 years.The Departments Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program is prevention-focused with an uncompromising commitment to victim assistance. Sexual assault prevention and response policies and actions are evidence-based and data driven. Through victim feedback, collaboration with external partners and Congressional leaders, and inter-Service collaboration on best practices, the Department continues to improve and advance its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. The Department is accountable for the execution of the sexual assault prevention and response initiatives directed by the Secretary of Defense, as well as the implementation of comprehensive Congressional legislation, to include the most sweeping reform of sexual assault prevention and response provisions in the Uniform Code of Military Justice since 1968. Recent data show evidence of progress in the Departments ability to prevent and respond to sexual assault. Nonetheless, there is still much more work to do.

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