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Saturday, March 7 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
The Experience of Filing a Sexual Assault Report After Being Raped: A Report by U.S. Navy Women Veterans

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Sexual assaults are a serious problem that affect millions of Americans (RAINN, 2011; UCR, 2009), and it is estimated that they occur in higher numbers among U.S. military personnel (Hankin et al., 1999; Sadle et al., 2003; Tjaden & Thoennes, 2000). In addition, only an estimated 20 percent of sexual assaults are ever reported (Ellison, 2011). The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the experiences of U.S. Navy women who experienced rape during their time in service in order to gain a greater understanding of both the limitations and strengths of the DOD’s current policies and procedures regarding sexual assault. There were nine participants in this study, all of whom experienced a rape during active duty in the U.S. Navy and filed a subsequent sexual assault report. This study found that U.S. Navy sexual assault victims encounter a number of difficulties that affect their mental health, careers, and trust in the military after they have reported a sexual assault. This study also found that participants had many recommendations for the DOD that may offer improvement of current policies and procedures. Due to the paucity of research on this topic, this study helps to define both the strengths and limitations within the Department of Defense’s sexual assault policies and procedures. These results may assist the Department of Defense, clinicians, and family members of sexual assault victims by providing greater understanding of areas of need and difficulties commonly encountered by military sexual assault victims.  


Saturday March 7, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Redwood