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U.S. Navy’s Weekly Sexual Assault Reports Demonstrate Transparency

By Rear Adm. John Kirby
Chief of Information

To further increase transparency of sexual assault reporting, the Navy Office of Information will release a weekly overview of alleged sexual assaults based on initial reports received from the Fleet. The Navy will fully investigate all of these reports.

These weekly snapshots reinforce our goals to foster a command climate which: seeks to prevent and deter sexual assaults; encourages unrestricted reporting when these crimes occur; provides support to victims; and, holds offenders appropriately accountable.

In July, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced a new initiative designed to enhance accountability and transparency across the Department, specifically in criminal proceedings.  Immediately, the Navy began publishing the results of all Special and General Courts-Martial, including sexual assault cases for July 2013, Aug. 2013 and Sept. 2013.

This new weekly report is a continuation of our commitment to that effort. The first report is contained below and also on Navy.mil. All future weekly reports will be available on the Navy’s SAPR home page under feature stories

This week’s overview of alleged sexual assaults is compiled based on 21 initial reports from across the Navy between Oct. 13 and Oct. 20. This time frame reflects the receipt of the initial reports and not necessarily the dates of the reported incidents. Every one of these reports will be fully investigated. Looking at this snapshot in time, we see the following:

  • 11 reports come from events that occurred on-base, seven from events that occurred off-base, and three from unknown locations.
  • Among these alleged offenders, 18 were male, two were female, and one was unknown. The vast majority were known to their alleged victims. One was an officer, nine were petty officers, five were E-3 or below, and six were unknown.
  • Within the reported incidents, eleven are alleged to be service member on service member.
  • Among these alleged victims, one was an officer, six were petty officers, 10 were E-3 and below, and four were civilians. Of these reported, 18 were female and three were male.

To contact a sexual assault response coordinator at the Department of Defense Safe Help Line, call (877) 995-5247.

To learn more about Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program, visit www.sapr.navy.mil.

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