Recent Legislative Updates

  • Section 538 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2016
    Section 538 addresses “Improved DoD Prevention and Response to Sexual Assaults in which the Victim is a Male Member of the Armed Forces.” DHCC is co-leading the development of the medical response in support of this section of the NDAA. It requires DoD to develop a plan to improve DoD prevention and response to sexual assaults in which the victim is a male member of the Armed Forces that contains:
  1. Sexual assault prevention and response training to more comprehensively and directly address the incidence of male members of the Armed Forces who are sexually assaulted and how certain behavior and activities, such as hazing, can constitute a sexual assault
  2. Methods to evaluate the extent to which differences exist in the medical and mental health-care needs of male and female sexual assault victims, and the care regimen that will best meet those needs
  3. Data-driven decision making to improve male-victim sexual assault prevention and response program efforts
  4. Goals with associated metrics to drive the changes needed to address sexual assaults of male members of the Armed Forces
  5. Information about the sexual victimization of males in communications to members that are used to raise awareness of sexual assault and efforts to prevent and respond to it
  6. Guidance for the Defense Department’s medical and mental health providers, and other personnel that delineates these gender-specific distinctions and the recommended care regimen to most effectively meet those needs