Report | June 3, 2020

Project Announcement: Evaluation of the DoD’s Handling of Incidents of Sexual Assault Against (or Involving) Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy (Project No. D2020- DEV0SV-0126.000)

Evaluations

In response to congressional inquiries regarding sexual assaults and victim care at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), the Office of Inspector General is conducting a series of evaluations of the sexual assault prevention and response programs at the USAFA, United States Military Academy (USMA), and United States Naval Academy (USNA). The first evaluation was the USAFA and documented in our report DODIG-2019-125, September 30, 2019. The second evaluation was the USMA and documented in our report DODIG-2020-073, March 24, 2020.

This project is initiated to collect data focused on the USNA, the USNA Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Office, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) response, support, and victim care for midshipmen-victims of sexual assault. The objectives of this evaluation are to determine whether:

  • the USNA Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) personnel provided SAPR and victim support services to midshipmen-victims of sexual assault according to DoD and Navy policy;
     
  • NCIS agents investigated reports of sexual assaults involving midshipmen-victims according to DoD, Navy, and NCIS policy;
     
  • USNA leadership disenrolled midshipmen-victims as retaliation for reporting sexual assault; and
     
  • the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD[P&R]) annually reported the correct number of midshipman-victim reports of sexual assault to Congress.