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Snapshot Review of Sexual Assault Report Files at the Four Largest Military Bases in the United States: 2015 Department of Defense Documents Reveal Continued Lack of Improvement in Military Justice System

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dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-21T17:16:53Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-21T17:16:53Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Snapshot Review of Sexual Assault Report Files at the Four Largest Military Bases in the United States: 2015 Department of Defense Documents Reveal Continued Lack of Improvement in Military Justice System. Office of the U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), 29 pgs. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2017%20Military%20Sexual%20Assault%20Report.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/309
dc.description Report en_US
dc.description.abstract Since 2014, Senator Gillibrand has requested military sexual assault case files from the largest domestic bases for each branch of the military (Army’s Fort Hood in Texas, Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, Marine Corps Base Case Pendleton in California, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio) and compared the files with findings from reports by the Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO). Both reports showed that even when a victim reports a sexual offense, few cases go to trial or result in convictions. The report discussed victims’ fears about retaliation, others’ lack of belief in victim testimony, and inconsistent sentencing as potential reasons why cases do not move through the military justice system, especially where the accused has a higher rank. SAPRO’s survey found many victims and junior military members would like changes in the command climate and reporting structure. Case files showed higher levels of civilian victims than reported by SAPRO, which continues trends shown in 2013 and 2014 case files (note: DoD’s Family Advocacy Program addresses intimate partner violence in the military, so this data is not captured by SAPRO reporting). In addition, case files involving civilian victims were less likely to result in legal action or punishment compared to case files involving service member victims. This report also notes that offenders have been filming or photographing their assaults and sharing the photo or video on social media. (CVRL Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher U.S. Senate en_US
dc.subject Sexual Violence en_US
dc.subject Rape en_US
dc.subject Sexual Harassment en_US
dc.subject Workplace Harassment en_US
dc.subject Photo Sharing en_US
dc.subject Veterans en_US
dc.subject Military Personnel en_US
dc.subject Military Families en_US
dc.subject Military Justice en_US
dc.subject Unrestricted Reports en_US
dc.subject Case Disposition en_US
dc.subject Community Perceptions en_US
dc.subject Rapid Review en_US
dc.title Snapshot Review of Sexual Assault Report Files at the Four Largest Military Bases in the United States: 2015 Department of Defense Documents Reveal Continued Lack of Improvement in Military Justice System en_US
dc.type Other en_US


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