In 2012, 3,374 brave men and women in our military reported an incident of sexual assault.
It is estimated that 26,000 sexual assaults happened in our armed services last year.
This means only an abysmal 13% of cases in the military are reported, compared to 40% reported in civilian cases.*
Why the discrepancy?
The issue of reporting in the military is complicated but heightened awareness with skilled professionals and targeted programs will increase the likelihood of reporting.
We believe, sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) are an integral part of the solution.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would establish training requirements for sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) performing examinations of victims in the military. Introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), these provisions would ensure SANEs be available at every military facility so that victims receive an examination within 24-hours of an assault. ANA along with twelve other health organizations sent a letter to Senator Boxer expressing support for this amendment.
It is time for you to ensure victims of sexual assault have access to safe, quality examinations. Please write your Senator and ask them to include the Boxer amendment today.
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