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DOD Releases Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Strategy

English: WASHINGTON (March 26, 2010) A poster ...

English: WASHINGTON (March 26, 2010) A poster supporting the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program. The SARC summit, hosted by the Department of the Navy in New Orleans, La., was held to bring awareness to the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program, which replaced the former Sexual Assault Victim Intervention (SAVI) program in November 2009. (U.S. Navy photo illustration/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Today, the Department of Defense released the fiscal 2012 Annual Report
on Sexual Assault in the Military and announcing a series of actions to
prevent and respond to sexual assault in the armed forces.  


Annually, as required by the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization
Act for Fiscal Year 2011
, the department released Fiscal Year 2012
Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military.  To date, this is the
ninth report DoD has issued.


In fiscal year 2012, there were a total of 3,374 reports of sexual
assault involving service members as victims or subjects, an increase
from the 3,192 reports received in fiscal 2011.  These reports involved
offenses ranging from abusive sexual contact to rape.


“This is a defining time for our entire military community,” said Maj.
Gen. Gary S. Patton, director, DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and
Response Office. “Our continuing focus is on the health and safety of
our service members.  Our troops take care of each other on the
battlefield better than any military in the world, and now we must
extend that same ethos of care to combating sexual assault.  Based on
long-standing traditions of excellence and leadership, I am confident in
our ability to eliminate sexual assault from our military environment.”


The annual report also includes findings from the 2010 National
Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey,a joint effort between the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of
Justice, and DoD.  This survey used a common approach to assess
representative samples from the civilian, military, and military spouse
populations.  After adjusting for age and marital status differences
between the samples, survey results showed risk of contact sexual
violence is the same for military and civilian women in the past year,
the past three years, and their lifetime. 


The 2012 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military, which also
includes findings from the 2012 Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of
active duty and reserve component members, is available at http://www.sapr.mil .

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