Military Sexual Trauma: Improvements Made, but VA Can Do More to Track and Improve the Consistency of Disability Claim Decisions

GAO-14-477: Published: Jun 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2014.

What GAO Found

Press Release

Published 11 June 2014

The Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy Angelina Jolie launch Protocol to increase prosecutions for sexual violence in conflict.

The overwhelming majority of perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict are not held to account for the crimes they commit. This has led to a global culture of impunity for warzone rape.

By U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
June 9, 2014

Leading female campaigners, UNICEF UK and the Foreign Secretary William Hague met today to discuss how to drive forward international action to end the rape and abuse of children in war zones. 

The group – including UNICEF UK Deputy Executive Director Anita Tiessen and human rights barrister Amal Alamuddin – visited the Foreign Office for talks on how to deliver change for children ahead of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London in June.   They were joined by Professor Geraldine Van Bueren QC and Mumsnet Campaign Manager Rowan Davies. 

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Published 6 June 2014


The UK Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, will co-chair the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCel London.

This is the largest gathering ever brought together on the subject with over 100 NGO’s and international partners taking part alongside 48 Foreign Ministers and over 600 government delegates from 113 countries.

Follow the Summit live

Contact: Holly Kearl, (571) 449-7326


Release No: NR-223-14
May 01, 2014

Department of Defense Issues New Initiatives to Eliminate Sexual Assault, Updates Prevention Strategy and Releases 2013 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military

Today the Department of Defense issued new initiatives designed to continue its efforts to eliminate sexual assault in the military, directed implementation of an updated sexual assault prevention strategy and released its annual report on sexual assault in the military for fiscal year 2013.

One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college.  Most often, it happens her freshman or sophomore year.  In the great majority of cases, it’s by someone she knows – and also most often, she does not report what happened.  And though fewer, men, too, are victimized.


April 24, 2014



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