Date of Award

5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Comments

Submitted to the College of Graduate Studies of Bridgewater State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Criminal Justice, 2018.

Degree Program

Criminal Justice

Degree Type

Master of Science

Abstract

Military Sexual Trauma (MST), or the sexual assault or harassment of individuals serving in the military by others who are also serving, has recently been recognized as a significant problem in the United States, especially for women service members. Despite its recognized prevalence, current policies across military branches in the United States have not created transparent provisions for service members to receive preventative trainings and adequate sanctions for offenders. Also, reporting methods in the U.S. military are not at a level that is reflective of a transparent MSA policy. With the use of current Israeli and Norwegian military sexual assault policy trainings, reporting methods, and sanctioning components, this research will show how each of the policy components compares among the three countries. Ultimately this research aims to demonstrate how the United States military can evolve their sexual assault policies to mirror international MSA policies, such as those in Israel and Norway, to show how transparency in policies affects sexual assault occurrences.

Committee/Advisor(s)

Jamie Huff (chair)

Khadija Monk

Wendy Wright

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Criminology Commons

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