Sexual Assault Prevention and the U. S. Army

Thursday November 3, 2005

Senior Army leaders continue to closely monitor progress in the areas of regulations, policies, and training programs related to sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and equal opportunity, and has made substantial improvements in all these areas. Below are some important themes and messages concerning Sexual Assault and Soldiers:

Soldiers live the Army values. They believe in loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

One can't betray these values and expect to wear an Army uniform.

The Army takes all reports of sexual misconduct seriously.

The Army is aggressive in investigating all cases of reported sexual misconduct, even cases where the victim is not eager to cooperate in the criminal inquiry.

- Sexual assault betrays every Army Value.
- The Army trains its work force to prevent sexual assault.
- The Army cares for sexual assault victims.
- The Army investigates every reported sexual assault - and every assault should to be reported.
- Sexual assault is a serious crime we punish.
- The Army is systematically implementing the recommendations of the sexual assault task force.

Cases are investigated thoroughly and handled appropriately based on the facts of each case. The Uniform Code of Military Justice provides understandable and long-tested offenses that can be used to appropriately charge a wide-range of sexual misconduct.

The UCMJ provides due process protections for both victims and alleged offenders better than any other system.

Army Judge Advocate prosecutors assist commanders in making appropriate decisions on the disposition of cases and aggressively prosecute sexual misconduct.

The rights of victims are protected and the Army runs a comprehensive victim / witness assistance and liaison program at every installation consistent with federal law and DoD Instructions.

Victims rights include:
- The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and a respect for privacy.
- The right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender.
- The right to be notified of court proceedings.
- The right to be present at all public court proceedings.
- The right to confer with the prosecuting government attorney.
- The right to restitution, if appropriate.
- The right to information regarding the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment and release of the offender from custody.

Sexual assault victims are protected under the military "rape shield" evidentiary rule - virtually the same as the federal district court rule of evidence.

See this very important link for more information: U.S.Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

Training and education is another very important piece of the Army program needed to sustain the proper level of awareness for all Soldiers and to ensure first-responders are trained and proficient. Sexual assault awareness training is now an annual requirement in all Army units and part of pre and post-deployment briefings.

LTC Carla Y. Reed
Department of the Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Branch Chief
Army G-1 Homepage

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