DOD Releases Sexual Assault Report

WASHINGTON — Defense Depart­ment offi­cials today released the Pentagon’s annu­al report on sex­u­al assault in the mil­i­tary.
The report — for fis­cal 2010 — also incor­po­rates results from the qua­dren­ni­al “2010 Work­place and Gen­der Rela­tions Sur­vey of Active Duty Mem­bers,” an anony­mous and vol­un­tary sur­vey con­duct­ed by the Defense Man­pow­er Data Cen­ter, which mea­sures gen­der issues among mem­bers of the armed forces.

Not­ing that “one sex­u­al assault is one too many” in a news release announc­ing the report’s release, Clif­ford L. Stan­ley, under­sec­re­tary of defense for per­son­nel and readi­ness, said sex­u­al assault has absolute­ly no place in today’s armed forces.

“We are firm­ly com­mit­ted to doing our best to ensure that those who have stepped for­ward to pro­tect our coun­try are them­selves pro­tect­ed with­in the ranks,” Stan­ley stat­ed in the release.

Defense offi­cials said that over the last two years, the depart­ment has made sig­nif­i­cant efforts to pre­vent and respond to sex­u­al assault, but work remains to improve and inte­grate those efforts across the depart­ment and the mil­i­tary ser­vices.

Offi­cials are assess­ing the struc­ture of the Defense Department’s Sex­u­al Assault Pre­ven­tion and Response Office, the release said, work­ing to devel­op a “more com­pre­hen­sive approach to pre­vent and han­dle sex­u­al assaults” across the ser­vices.

The review address­es priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ca­tions between vic­tims and their advo­cates, expe­dit­ed unit trans­fers for vic­tims, access to legal coun­sel for vic­tims, and experts to assist and pros­e­cute, offi­cials said.

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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