Friday, June 24, 2011

New Report says DOD Lacks Oversight on Sexual Assaults

Reuters reports that a new Government Accountability Office report found that there is no evidence that the Department of Defense office mandated to oversee military sexual assault investigations does so.  In 2005, the DOD established the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SAPR) to address military sexual assault.  For fiscal year 2010, 3,158 incidents were reported, a slight decrease from FY2009, but the trend over the prior three years had been an increase in reported cases from when the program was launched.  The GAO report also found no monitoring exists to assure personnel pursuing sexual assault allegations meet competency standards.

You can find the GAO report here