Sexual assault within the military continues to occur at alarming levels with 26,000 anonymously reported incidents in 2012 alone according to Department of Defense (DoD) estimates. During this same period, only 3,300 service members reported their assaults. Meanwhile, the nation is confronted with headlines of high level military sexual assault leaders acting in sexually abusive ways. Combined with the heart-wrenching stories of survivors, these facts reveal the depth of the problem of military sexual assault (MSA) and demand incisive action.

This edition of Connections includes a compilation of articles dealing with sexual assault within the military culture and how the military is responding to this issue.
 
Military Culture and Sexual Assault Victims

Provides an assessment of the Air Force’s capability to prevent and respond to sexual assault. This assessment was conducted in response to allegations made in January 2003 of sexual assault at the United States Air Force Academy. The report explains the methodology used and also provides findings and recommendations.

Report Concerning the Assessment of USAF Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

This report provides an assessment of the US Military Academy & US Naval Academy’s ability to address sexual harassment and assault within their institutions. It provides task force recommendations on how academies can better address these issues.

Report of the Defense Task Force on Sexual Harassment & Violence at the Military Service Academies

This Special Collection addresses sexual violence against military service members, defines Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and offers resources (including information on current policy, procedures, legislation, and litigation) to support the prevention of and response to sexual violence as it impacts service members and veterans in the United States.

These talking points are taken from the NSVRC publication “Sexual Violence in the Military: A Guide for Civilian Advocates.” This resource highlights what is happening in the military, the aftermath of sexual violence, and prevention developments. See the guide for more in-depth information.

This report summarizes the findings from a 90 day review of sexual assault policies and programs among the military services and the Department of Defense, and the recommendations for change to better serve victims and increase prevention efforts
Task Force Report on Care for Victims of Sexual Assault
 
 

The 2013 Fall & Winter edition of The Resource includes articles on sexual violence in the military, complete with an interview with Air Force Maj. Gen. Sharon K. G. Dunbar; a youth board from Detroit and what it does to connect with peers; how the profeminist men’s movement was started and what it stands for; Ohio’s push to investigate formerly untested sexual assault kits; and how ancestral teachings are used to form prevention plans in indigenous communities. See what teenagers said when asked, “What are you doing to make your world a safer place?” View the features of the recently released Hollaback! app – then, if you wish, download it free of charge. Learn about how the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence reacted to headline news cases in its backyard, and see what the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault has done to incorporate prevention evaluation in its work.

New Civilian / Military Task Force, Understanding Crawford v. Washington, Using Art to Break Silence and more . . .

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