Sexual Assault

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  • BriGette McCoy, former specialist in the U.S. Army, testifies before a Senate Committee on Armed Services hearing on sexual assault in the military in March 2013, photo by Carolyn Kaster/AP Images

    Essay

    Preventing Sexual Violence in the Military

    Nov 2, 2021

    The military has worked hard in recent years to raise awareness about the problem of sexual violence. But it needs to take a big step forward to make investments and change the culture in ways that will deter sexual assault and sexual harassment by holding perpetrators and leaders accountable.

  • Junior enlisted troops after the III Corps and Fort Hood command team discussed Operation People First and listened to their concerns, December 10, 2020, photo by Blair Dupre/Fort Hood Public Affairs

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    Risk of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Army Varies

    Jun 18, 2021

    Sexual assault risk is higher for Army women at Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, and several other bases than it is for the average woman in the Army. And bases with high sexual assault risk also have high sexual harassment risk. What organizational characteristics are associated with increased risk?

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    Report

    Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military: Annex to Volume 2. Tabular Results from the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study for Department of Defense Service Members

    Annex to Volume 2 contains detailed tabular results for the DoD active component from the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study, an independent assessment of the rates of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender discrimination in the U.S. military.

    May 1, 2015

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    Periodical

    RAND Review: January-February 2015

    This issue of RAND Review reports on technology literacy in kids, self-driving cars, marijuana legalization, hacking and cybersecurity, monetary compensation for mass tragedies, and recent philanthropic gifts to RAND.

    Jan 12, 2015

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    Call with the Experts: A Review of Top-Line Findings from the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study

    In this RAND Call with the Experts, Senior Behavioral Scientist Andrew Morral presents initial top-line estimates from the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study, an independent assessment of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender discrimination in the military. Morral and Kristie Gore also answer questions from the media. Media relations director Jeff Hiday moderated the call.

    Dec 5, 2014

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    News Release

    Initial Results from Major Survey of U.S. Military Sexual Assault, Harassment

    The DoD selected RAND to conduct a congressionally-mandated study that estimates the number of U.S. service members who experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, or gender discrimination in the past year. Approximately 170,000 service members, or 30 percent of the 560,000 invited, answered questions for the study, one of the largest of its kind.

    Dec 4, 2014

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    Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military

    Senior Behavioral Scientists Andrew Morral and Kristie Gore present initial top-line estimates from the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study, an independent assessment of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender discrimination in the military.

    Dec 4, 2014

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    Report

    Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military: Top-Line Estimates for Active-Duty Coast Guard Members from the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study

    This report provides initial top-line active-duty Coast Guard estimates from the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study, an assessment of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender discrimination in the military.

    Dec 4, 2014

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    Report

    Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military: Volume 1. Design of the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study

    This volume documents the methodology used in the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study, an independent assessment of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender discrimination in the U.S. military.

    Dec 4, 2014

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    Report

    Initial Results from Major Survey of Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment

    The DoD asked RAND to conduct an independent assessment of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military. Among the initial results of the study, which invited more than 500,000 service members to participate: approximately 20,000 of the U.S. military's 1.3 million active-duty members experienced a sexual assault in the past year.

    Dec 4, 2014

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    Report

    Targeting Alcohol Misuse: A Promising Strategy for Reducing Military Sexual Assaults?

    There has been growing concern about both sexual assault and alcohol misuse in the U.S. military. Research on civilians may provide guidance for efforts to reduce alcohol misuse as part of a larger strategy targeting sexual assault in the military.

    Oct 31, 2014

  • Congolese woman

    Commentary

    First Steps Toward Addressing DR Congo's Rape Crisis

    An effort to address atrocities against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo has fallen short of advocates' hopes for justice. With its focus on criminal prosecution, the strategy failed to consider the weak infrastructure of the judicial system, left victims' needs unmet, and did little to address prevention.

    Jun 11, 2014

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    Maria DeYoreo

    Co-director, RAND Center for Causal Inference; Statistician
    Education postdoc in statistics, Duke University; Ph.D. in statistics, University of California, Santa Cruz; B.S. in mathematical sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara

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    Lisa H. Jaycox

    Senior Behavioral Scientist; Director, RAND-Initiated Research
    Education Ph.D. in clinical psychology, M.A. in psychology, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in biology/psychobiology, Brown University

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    Melissa M. Labriola

    Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in sociology, City College of New York; M.A. in sociology, George Washington University; B.A. in social relations, Michigan State University

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    Miriam Matthews

    Associate Director, Workforce, Development, and Health Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in social psychology, Claremont Graduate University

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    Andrew R. Morral

    Senior Behavioral Scientist, Director of the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research
    Education Ph.D. in psychology, New School for Social Research

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    Terry L. Schell

    Senior Behavioral Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in social psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A. in psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara; B.A. in psychology, Reed College

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    Sierra Smucker

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in public policy analysis, Duke University; M.Sc. in social policy research, London School of Economics

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    Lisa Wagner

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education M.A. in psychology, American University; M.S. in justice, law, and society, American University