DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

LucyA member of ASKNOD has submitted a New York Times article to inform us of an increase in reported military sexual assaults and of reforms being proposed by some in Congress.  Sexual violence is a distressing topic but it behooves citizens to understand what the DoD is doing about these crimes against male and female victims of all ages. 

DoD’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPRO) “serves as the single point of authority for program accountability and oversight, in order to enable military readiness and reduce — with a goal to eliminate — sexual assault from the military.”

The FY 2012 Annual report contains an overview and details about 3,373 reported restricted and unrestricted cases with a very long detailed list of enclosures from the Army, Navy, Air Force and National Guard.   The DoD believes that MSA is greatly under-reported (p.11)–among the 1.39 million active duty who served in 2012-due to stigma, fear and shame.   This is a very long document–right slider goes to page 729.  

To be able to  read the charts, click the full page icon of your pdf reader. 

It’s too much to take in in one session.  Here are the pages I’ve reviewed:

Definition of Unwanted Sexual Contact (USC) footnote page 12; MSA footnote page 63 and page 89.

Chart–Figure 9 actual reports versus estimates of USC-page 25.    msa

Statistic data begins on page 52.

Chart–Sexual acts by percentage (unrestricted reports) on page 62.

Military justice dispositions, Table 3 on page 69.

Charts: Gender and Age of Victims on page 81.

Chart: Restricted reports (more males) on page 88.

Summaries of restricted and unrestricted reports begin on page 107 Ex. punishments.

Reports of MSA Combat Areas of Interest begin on page 115.

That’s as far as I’ve scanned thus far.

How the VHA deals with the male and female victims of MSA, Congressional actions, and how this situation relates to STDs (including HCV) and unwanted pregnancies   are other issues we can examine later.

Could it be that this disturbing trend reflects the global pornification of most societies. How so? Perhaps because for decades porn has portrayed violence in its imagery as a normal and positive value.  These “value-neutral” links point to the global phenomena of porn as a popular cultural norm.  Porn appears to have permeated all global human communications, social relationships and institutions.  Has this contributed to a severe loss of mutual respect and warped sense of personal boundaries?  The Starr Report (1998), detailing ethical boundary-crossings, has been called public domain porn.  Common sense suggests that there may be a MSA and porn connection.  Or is the DoD just dealing with miscreants and haters?

What other unhealthy influences could be fueling MSA ?  Drug and alcohol addictions? 

Note:  This is my opinion only.  What’s yours?

About Laura

NW Vermont.
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