Essay on Sexual Assault Prevention And Response

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Oversight of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response in the Military
On February 5, 2004, a memorandum was issued by the United States Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld addressing his concerns about several allegations of sexual assault reported by military service members deployed to Iraq and Kuwait. The memorandum ordered a review to be conducted within 90 days to determine how the Department of Defense (DoD) had been handling the treatment and care of individuals who had reported being sexually assaulted. Sexual assault is defined by the DoD as “intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent.” The team that conducted the review produced a report two months later indicating their findings and recommendations. The findings revealed that reports of sexual assault in the military had been incomplete, due to missing documentation, and sexual assault prevention education efforts were not being practiced. This highlighted the critical issue that there was not a policy or program in place at the time that addressed sexual assault reporting, prevention, or victim care and the issue needed to be addressed immediately.
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) was created in October of 2005 to serve as the authority for sexual assault policy and oversight in the DoD. Several positions were created to facilitate the SAPRO recommendations. Each…

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