Blumenthal Statement on GAO Report Identifying Gaps in DOD Efforts to Prevent Sexual Assault in the Military

(Hartford, CT) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report identifying additional action needed by the Department of Defense (DOD) to reduce sexual assault in the military:

Sexual assault is a scourge that must be eliminated from every expanse, be it on campuses, within the military, or beyond. The recent GAO report reinforces the urgent need for the DOD to enact additional strategies to combat sexual assault in the military. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I have consistently sponsored efforts to address this issue. I will continue to closely track steps taken by DOD to address military sexual assault, as well as their efforts to incorporate recommendations from the GAO report, which included linking prevention activities with desired outcomes, identifying risk and protective factors, and more.