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Sexual Trauma

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sexual violence, or trauma, is a significant problem in the United States. Sexual violence refers to sexual activity when consent is not obtained or not given freely. Anyone can experience it, but most victims are female. The person responsible for the violence is typically male and usually someone known to the victim.

The person can be, but is not limited to, a friend, intimate partner, coworker, neighbor, or family member.

Sexual Assault Prevention

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According to the Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 6495.01, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program, sexual assault is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim.

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DoD Directive 6495.02: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program Procedures


This directive implements DoD policy and assign responsibilities for the SAPR Program on prevention, response, and oversight to sexual assault.

  • Identification #: DoD Directive Number 6495.02
  • Date: 7/7/2015
  • Type: Instructions
  • Topics: Sexual Trauma
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Last Updated: April 27, 2022

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