THE INVISIBLE WAR

Military SAFE Standards Act

Proposed Policy

The issue of sexual assault has been of high priority for the Armed Forces over the last two decades. The military has received widely publicized media coverage on sexual assault incidents such as Tailhook in 1991, Aberdeen in 1996, and the U.S. Air Force Academy sexual assault allegations in 2003. Combating sexual assault in the military is now referred to as "The Invisible War."

The objectives of the Military Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Standards Act are to establish eligibility, assignment, training, and certification requirements for sexual assault forensic examiners in the Armed Forces. The goal is to provide military personnel access to expert, quality care from medical examiners well versed in victimization issues.

Importance and Impact

  • More than 50 service members sexually assaulted every day.
  • Forensic treatment available to ALL military personnel DoD wide, 24/7.
  • Prompt medical attention to qualified personnel.
  • Identification of physiological and psychological trauma related issues.
  • Quicker return to the workforce.
  • Evidence gathered by experts may increase prosecution rates.
  • Conveys to victims they are NOT alone in this process.

Supporters of the Military SAFE Standards Act

  • U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
  • U.S. Senator Susan Collins
  • U.S Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand
  • Department of Defense, Department of Veteran Affairs, Military Surgeon Generals
  • Over 20 nursing organizations including American Nurses Association, American Academy of Nursing, and the International Association of Forensic Nurses
  • Most important are the sexual assault survivors

TAILHOOK 1991

Paula Coughlin recounts her sexual assault experience in one of the most notorious sexual assault scandals within the military.
The Army's Internal War: Sexual Assault in the Military - Full Interview (Part 1 of 2)
The Army's Internal War: Sexual Assault in the Military - Full Interview (Part 2 of 2)
Your support will help provide our service members the immediate attention they deserve from expert, fully qualified sexual assault forensic examiners.

Amanda Paul, MSN, RN, CNOR

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