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Conducting and reviewing sexual assault-related research and reports is a crucial part of the DoD's sexual assault prevention and response program. Sexual assault-related research by the DoD and other Government Agencies helps identify factors pertaining to sexual assault and can also serve as the data source and foundation for future sexual assault program enhancements.

White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. (2014). Not alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

Behind the Scenes at DoD Safe Helpline (3:32). Survivors of sexual assault in the military can get a behind the scenes look into the DoD Safe Helpline in this short video which features Safe Helpline staff discussing everything from confidentiality issues to what survivors can expect when they call.





Navy Sexual Assault Statistics (2013)

  • In FY13, there were a total of 1,037 sexual assault reports in the Navy (256 restricted reports, 801 unrestricted reports).
  • Victims who were involved in USN-initiated FY13 investigations were predominately female (83%), USN service members (83%), and in the 19-22 age range (51%).
  • Of the total FY13 initiated investigations, 51 percent of sexual assault incidents occurred on base; 43 percent occurred off base.
  • In FY13 unrestricted reports, 27 percent of sexual assault incidents occurred in private residences, 16 percent in the barracks, 16 percent on board ships or aircraft carriers, and 11 percent in hotels.
  • In 67 percent of FY13 unrestricted investigations of sexual assault, a service member was victimized by another service member.

[Source: Department of Defense (DoD). (2014). Department of Defense Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military. Available at]

Civilian Sexual Assault Statistics (2013)

  • Nearly 1 in 5 women (18 percent) and 1 in 71 men (1 percent) have been raped in their lifetime.
  • Most female victims of completed rape (79.6 percent) experienced before the age of 25; 42.2 percent experienced their first completed rape before 18 years of age.
  • More than one quarter of male victims of completed rape (27.8 percent) experienced their first rape when they were 10 years of age or younger.


[Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (dcd). (2012). National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS).]




Resources: Healthy Masculinity and Healthy Gender Norms:


National Sexual Violence Resource Center: It's Time...To Talk About Gender Norms - Promoting healthy masculinity: A strategy to prevent sexual and domestic violence (Web conference recording).

Men Can Stop Rape (2012). Healthy Masculinity Action Guide -

End Violence Against Women International (EVAW) - hosts an Online Training Institute, where you can register for on-demand trainings on a variety of sexual assault topics.

Male Survivors: Overcoming Sexual Victimization of Boys & Men - devoted to addressing the unique needs and concerns of male victims of sexual assault through online and in-person support groups, myths and facts, discussion boards, and an online resource library.


Resources: Healthy Sexuality:


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Sexual Violence Prevention: Beginning the Dialogue.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2012). Healthy Sexuality: A Guide for Advocates, Counselors, and Prevention Educators.




  • - provides legal information and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including information on Federal, State, and Tribal laws and statutes, staying safe, preparing for court and how to find a lawyer.

  • American Bar Association Home Front: Legal Resources for Military Families - The Home Front

  • Legal Information Center provides both general and military-specific legal information. The Directory of Programs includes information on Military Legal Assistance Offices, Legal Aid and Pro Bono Programs, and Lawyer Referral Programs, and is searchable by state.




  • Stalking Resource Center <> - information and resources for victims of stalking, hosted by the National Center for Victims of Crime.
  • Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) <> - has publications on a variety of general crime victim topics, including crime victim services, crime victimization, health, international issues, legal resources, specific populations and victim advocacy, as well as publications specifically addressing sexual violence.
  • National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) <> - NOVA's mission is to champion dignity and compassion for those harmed by crime and crisis. Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national victim assistance organization.
  • U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) <> - administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that are developing programs, policies and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
  • National Center for Victims of Crime <> - provides an extensive "Get Help Series" of general information for crime victims and providers. NCVC also hosts the Stalking Resource Center, a press center and information on civil litigation and public policy.
  • National Institute of Justice <> - information on research and evaluation priorities, effective responses, victims and perpetrators and downloadable NIJ and NIJ-sponsored publications
  • IVP Fact Sheet


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