Accession Number:

ADA579449

Title:

Physical and Psychological Health Following Military Sexual Assault: Recommendations for Care, Research, and Policy

Descriptive Note:

Occasional paper

Corporate Author:

RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA

Report Date:

2013-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

Awareness of sexual violence within the military has been increasing both within the Department of Defense DoD and in civilian sectors. Research evidence suggests that sexual victimization among servicemembers is associated with significant physical and psychological consequences for the victim. Furthermore, violence within the ranks represents a threat to good order and discipline and undermines the command structure. Since 2005, with the support of the armed services, the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office SAPRO has worked to improve awareness of sexual violence within the military, disseminate programs to respond to the needs of victims,1 and prevent future assaults. While DoD s no tolerance policy is an essential component of the military s response to sexual assault, the problem remains. Further study, prevention efforts, and policy and program interventions are crucial.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE