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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness

Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know Your Part. Do Your Part.

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter
April 2016
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Sexual assault undermines our mission and combat readiness. Honor and trust are the lifeblood of our military and every sexual assault undermines those values. So too does every act of retaliation against those who report these crimes. The theme of this year's Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month is 'Know Your Part, Do Your Part.' And that's not just a slogan, it's one of your missions.

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DoD Unveils Plan to Broaden Sexual Assault Support to Men

Defense Department officials announced the release of the "DoD Plan to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Assault of Military Men," designed to enhance outreach to military men and increase efforts to help them recover. Story

DoD Releases 2016 Military Investigation and Justice Experience Survey

Service members who have experienced sexual assault and elected to participate in the military justice process may have the opportunity to provide the Defense Department with direct feedback on their experiences through the 2016 Military Investigation and Justice Experience Survey. Story

DoD Recognizes Innovative Initiatives to Prevent Sexual Assault

The Defense Department honors this year’s exceptional groups and individuals from each military component who developed innovative approaches to improve sexual assault prevention programs. Story


DoD Releases Sex Assault Resources to Boost Patient Care

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury offers new resources for patients and providers to help ensure consistent, compassionate health care for patients who were sexually assaulted or harassed. More

What If We Treated Sex Assaults Like Muggings?

I was recently told by a military criminal investigator that the best way to prevent sex assaults is by focusing on something critical – the first response. More

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