What Is Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is a crime that has no place in the Military and there is a zero tolerance policy against it. It is an affront to the basic American values we defend, and may degrade military readiness, subvert strategic goodwill, and forever change the lives of victims and their families
Sexual assault is a crime. It is defined by the Department of Defense as any intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent.
Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to: Rape, Nonconsensual sodomy (oral or anal sex), Indecent assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling) or attempts to commit these acts.
Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim.
All leaders at every level must maintain a workplace environment that rejects sexual assault and attitudes that promote such behaviors
Responding to Sexual Assaults
Many victims of sexual assault remain silent and choose not to report the incident due to beliefs that nothing will be done if they come forward, fear of ridicule, gossip, exclusion, and even damage to their military careers.
If you've been sexually assaulted, it's important to seek assistance as soon as you can. Seeking help and speaking out is the best way to ensure you receive the help you need to heal from the incident and prevent another incident from happening to someone else. Victims of Sexual Assault can report an incident at any time and (in most cases) decide whether or not they want a criminal investigation to occur. Even if the Victim decides not to make an official report, we can still coordinate care and medical services.