Accession Number:

ADA623555

Title:

Sexual Assault: Actions Needed to Improve DOD's Prevention Strategy and to Help Ensure It Is Effectively Implemented

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2015-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

60.0

Abstract:

Sexual assault is a crime that devastates victims and has a farreaching negative impact for DOD because it undermines DOD s core values, degrades mission readiness, and raises financial costs. DOD data show that reported sexual assaults involving servicemembers more than doubled from about 2,800 reports in fiscal year 2007 to about 6,100 reports in fiscal year 2014. Based on results of a 2014 survey, RAND estimated that 20,300 active-duty servicemembers were sexually assaulted in the prior year. Senate Report 113-176 includes a provision for GAO to review DOD s efforts to prevent sexual assault. This report addresses the extent to which DOD 1 developed an effective prevention strategy, 2 implemented activities department-wide and at military installations related to the department s effort to prevent sexual assault, and 3 developed performance measures to determine the effectiveness of its efforts to prevent sexual assault in the military. GAO evaluated DOD s strategy against CDC s framework for effective sexual violence prevention strategies, reviewed DOD policies, and interviewed cognizant officials

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE