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Fors Marsh Group Survey Evaluates Sexual Assault Prevalence Among Active Duty Service Members

As part of a program to reduce sexual misconduct in the U.S. Military, Fors Marsh Group (FMG), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of People Analytics (OPA), published new research findings that will assist in reducing incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the armed forces.

Conducting this global study of military members in support of DoD’s 2018 Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of Active Duty Members (WGRA) demonstrates the impact FMG makes on society. The WGRA evaluates the prevalence of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the U.S. Military and explores topics critical to reducing instances, including, misconduct reporting, workplace culture, and unit climate. FMG actively contributes to reducing sexual assault and sexual harassment of military members by providing actionable insight to key policymakers through its survey implementation, data collection, and analysis.

“Our team is proud to be part of the solution to reduce the number of sexual assaults in the Military,” said Dr. Laura Severance, Director, Military Health & Wellbeing Research. “The WGRA survey is a crucial avenue for assessing the state of gender relations across the services. FMG plays a critical role in evaluating sexual assault and harassment in the Military and we pride ourselves on producing results that create impact. This report signifies progress towards mitigating the still prevalent, yet unresolved, issue of sexual assault and provides policymakers with the information they need to make informed decisions that impact the entire DoD community and society.”

About the author

Laura Severance

Laura Severance

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.

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