Dr. Laura Severance is the Director of Military Personnel Research at Fors Marsh Group. She has a background in gender dynamics and sexual assault, with a focus on the Military, military recruiting, cross-cultural issues, and negotiation. Laura’s team conducts research (primarily surveys and focus groups) related to quality-of-life issues within the Military, focusing on gender relations, race/ethnicity-based discrimination, general force well-being, and military spouse well-being, among other topics.
Fors Marsh Group Survey Tracks Sexual Assault Prevalence at Military Service Academies
Fors Marsh Group (FMG), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of People Analytics (OPA), has completed and published research that informs efforts to improve the prevention of and response to sexual assault and sexual harassment across the military service academies.
FMG conducted a large scale survey across the military service academies in support of DoD’s Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies (APY MSA report). The survey tracks the prevalence of unwanted sexual contact as well as perceptions of culture, effectiveness of training, and characteristics of sexual assault situations. Developing a better understanding of these issues is a key part of DoD’s mission to reduce sexual assault within the military population.
“I cannot stress enough that this survey is among the best measures of the prevalence of unwanted sexual contact and harassment at any university, company, or organization,” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). “The survey has been administered for over a decade, with the same questions and an expert-approved measurement.”
The military service academies, which include the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy, make considerable investments in activities to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual assault by implementing programs that follow DoD policy and federal law. Each year, the Department partners with FMG to assess these efforts through a variety of reports, including the APY MSA report.
“Our team is proud to support DoD’s mission of improving the reporting of sexual assault in the Military and reducing the number of sexual assaults,” said Dr. Laura Severance, Director, Military Personnel Research. “We are honored to contribute to this important work. The APY MSA report and others like it will continue to provide policymakers with the information they need to make informed decisions that impact the entire DoD community.”