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Public Law 108-375, Section 577, "The Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005," October 28, 2004 This law directs DoD to develop a comprehensive policy on the prevention of and response to sexual assaults involving members of the armed forces and provides guidance on a timetable for policy implementation.

Civilian Rape Reporting Laws This summary of states' reporting laws on sexual offenses is available through the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office website. Please note that for the most current information, state laws are the best primary resource.

Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) This link references the most recent updates to the UCMJ relating to rape, sexual assault, and other sexual offenses.


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Feet walking in the woods Sexual assault can happen to anyone at any time. It can be overwhelming and devastating for victims and their families, but there are many resources available that provide accurate information, prompt medical care, counseling and assistance with the military justice system.


Close up of eyes with tears In the wake of experiencing a sexual assault, a person may experience a whole range of emotions from anger and fear to numbness and shame. Just as with any other trauma, the severity and duration of this reaction will vary from one individual to the next. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you might find it helpful or comforting to know what kinds of feelings are common among others who have been through the same thing. This information will help you better understand what to expect following a sexual assault and how you can seek help for yourself or someone else.

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