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Development of a Short Form Measure of Sexual Harassment Risk in the Military

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RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States

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In the spring of 2014, the RAND Corporation was asked by the Department of Defense DoD to revise and administer the Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of Active-Duty Service Members WGRA, the survey of sexual harassment and sexual assault experiences of active-component members that Congress has required to be administered every two years. In particular, DoD asked the RAND research team to make any revisions to the existing WGRA that would improve the accuracy and validity of the survey results for estimating the prevalence of sexual crimes and violations as these are defined in military law and policy. In the summer of 2014, RAND fielded a new survey as part of the RAND Military Workplace Study RMWS to over half a million members of the active component, receiving approximately 115,000 completed surveys. This new survey instrument included revised sexual assault and sexual harassment questions designed to accurately measure service members experiences, as they are defined in the Uniform Code of Military Justice and in DoD Directive 1350.2 Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, 1995.

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