Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military, Fiscal Year 2014
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE OFFICE
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Sexual assault is a crime that has no place in the United States Armed Forces.1 The Department of Defense worked aggressively during fiscal year 2014 to sustain and enhance its prevention and response system, through both programmatic initiatives and policy changes to combat sexual assault. The Department of Defense has many options in place to help victims2 recover, address their safety, document the alleged crime, and understand their legal options. Federal law requires the Department to provide Congress with an annual report on sexual assaults involving members of the Armed Forces. This report satisfies the requirement, which is in section 1631 of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 Public Law 111-383.3,4 The report presents the Department s programmatic activities and policy enhancements and also provides an analysis of reports of sexual assault made during fiscal year 2014 October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. Included with this report are supplementary reports from the Secretaries of the Military Departments, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, and a report submitted by RAND Corporation for the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study.
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