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Wednesday, 28th December 2011

Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

From the press release:

The Department of Defense (DoD) released today key findings from the Academic Program Year (APY) 2010-2011 "Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies."  The report also contains the results from the "2011 Service Academy Gender Relations Focus Groups."

One of the department’s strategic priorities is to address the increase in the number of reports made to authorities to ensure victims obtain needed support and services.

Supporting victims is also the focus of two new DoD policies.  Under a new policy on expedited transfers, service members who have been the victim of sexual assault and have filed an Unrestricted Report now have the option to request an expedited transfer from their unit and/or installation.  The service member must receive a response to the transfer request from the unit commander within 72 hours, and can request a review of any denied request by a General/Flag Officer (or SES equivalent) in the chain of command and receive that response within the next 72 hours.

The second new policy standardizes the retention periods for sexual assault records across the military services.  In unrestricted cases, specified documents will be retained for 50 years and in restricted cases, for five years, to ensure victims have extended access to documents related to the sexual assault.

The academies saw an overall increase in the number of sexual assault reports made to authorities in APY 2010-2011.  During the evaluation period, a total of 65 reports of sexual assault involved cadets and midshipmen compared to a total of 41 reports in the prior APY.

+ Link to full report (PDF; 5.79 MB)


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Peggy Garvin, of Garvin Information Consulting, is the author of United States Government Internet Directory (Bernan Press) and Real World Research Skills, 2009 (TheCapitol.Net). In her 20 years in the information business, Peggy has managed electronic information products and services in a variety of environments, including commercial publishing, e-commerce, law firms, and the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. Peggy's work has been recognized with the 2011 SLA Dow Jones Leadership Award. She has a Masters of Library Science degree from Syracuse University School of Information Studies.

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