Military Personnel: Actions Needed to Address Sexual Assaults of Male Servicemembers
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Females have long been viewed as the primary victims of sexual assault but, based on survey data, RAND estimated that in 2014, about 9,000 to about 13,000 male servicemembers were sexually assaulted. The House report accompanying the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act mandated that GAO review DOD s efforts to address sexual assaults of male servicemembers. This report addresses the extent to which 1 DOD has taken actions to prevent and respond to sexual assaults of male servicemembers, 2 DOD s sexual assault prevention and response program is meeting the medical and mental health-care needs of male servicemembers, and 3 the culture of the U.S. military poses distinct challenges for preventing and responding to sexual assaults of male servicemembers. GAO reviewed DOD reports and strategies analyzed data on sexual assaults from surveys and reported incidents from fiscal years 2008 through 2014 and interviewed DOD officials with related program responsibilities.
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