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 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.

This report includes a summary of Department of Defense (DoD) policies and programs associated with sexual assault and a description of the WGRR 2008 survey content and methodology. In addition, the report includes an analysis of the prevalence of Reserve component members’ experiences of unwanted sexual contact, sexual harassment, and sex discrimination in the Reserve components in the twelve months prior to taking the survey and the details of incidents they have experienced. The report also includes an analysis of the effectiveness of DoD and Reserve component policies and training on sexual assault and sexual harassment and an assessment of progress related to these issues in the military and in the nation.

2008 Gender Relations Survey of Reserve Component Members

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
 
 

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

This memorandum establishes DoD guidelines for confidential, restricted reporting by victims of sexual assault in the military.
 
Confidentiality Policy for Victims of Sexual Assault

This resource provides a listing of studies, reports and books on women in the military. The list includes government publications from the Office of the President, Department of Defense, Armed Forces and Congress.
 
Bibliography of Women in the Military 1990-2003

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

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

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

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