It Is All About Respect: The Army's Problem with Sexual Assault
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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In the 1990s, the Army undertook important revisions to its policies and practices regarding responses to sexual assault incidents in the armed forces. With continued pressure received from the media and public, the Army conducted several investigations that subsequently created the framework for the establishment of the Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Policy 2004. In dealing with the challenges of finding solutions to this complex problem, the Army has come to realize it must transition from a force that simply responds to sexual assault, to a force that prevents sexual assault. Even with senior leaders efforts, sexual assault appears to be a persistent problem within the military as a whole. In 2008, the Army has launched a sexual assault campaign aimed to change the culture of its service in order to prevent sexual assault. Understanding and acknowledging the impacts that military culture has on the prevention of sexual assault is critical. Sexual assault affects the unit and the integrity of the military, but it is the victims life that changes forever. The focus will be to determine the scope and actions taken or not taken in attempt to combat the Armys sexual assault problem.
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