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Countering Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military: Lessons from RAND Research : RAND Corporation , 2021


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From the report: "Sexual assault and sexual harassment prevention efforts within the armed services are “far short of what is required to make lasting change” (Austin, 2021). In response to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s request for a frank assessment of accountability measures and prevention approaches within the Department of Defense (DoD), and with the goal of informing the work of the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military (IRC), this report—a joint effort by eight subject-matter expert researchers with the RAND Corporation— summarizes the actions that DoD has taken to reduce sexual assault and sexual harassment behaviors, describes the challenges that DoD faces in reducing such behaviors, and offers recommendations to improve prevention of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military. The contents of this report are based on years of empirical study and direct support of hundreds of DoD installations, supported by RAND’s multiple federally funded research and development centers."

Authors - Acosta, Joie D., Chinman, Matthew, Shearer, Amy Leigh



Acosta, Joie D., Chinman, Matthew, Shearer, Amy Leigh


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