The following is the Department of Defense (DoD) Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military that was released on May 2, 2019
From the report
- About 1 in 3 Service members who indicated an experience of sexual assault chose to report it to a DoD authority, roughly the same rate as in 2016 and more than quadruple the reporting rate from ten years ago.
- The Department has made progress in reducing sexual assault rates among men and has been sustaining this progress.
- Sexual assault of female Service members and associated perceptions of retaliatory behavior are persistent challenges across all Military Services — the results from this year’s report highlight critical challenges the Department must, and will, address.
- Military commanders had sufficient evidence to take disciplinary action on two-thirds of Service members accused of a sexual assault.
- We will not be deterred from our mission to eliminate sexual assault from the military.
- The approaches we employed to achieve progress over the past several years must now evolve.
- As leaders, we must ensure that climates promote dignity and respect. To that end, we must implement tools that allow first-line supervisors to swiftly address threats to civility and cohesion in their units.
Download the document here.