October 2, 2018


Dan Verton, host of The Prevention Podcast, talks with former U.S. Navy Captain Charles Marks, who until last year served as the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Officer at U.S Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia.

Sexual assault and other destructive behaviors are serious issues facing American society. Whether it takes place in the boardroom or aboard a Navy ship at sea, sexual assault destroys lives and poses wide ranging risks to an organization’s reputation and legal exposure.

In fiscal year 2017, the Defense Department recorded 6,769 reports of sexual assault involving active duty service members. Although this represents a slight increase compared to 2016, the increase in reporting has been a major success for DOD. While only 1 out of every 14 assaults were reported in 2006, today statistics show that 1 out of ever 3 incidents are reported. Military officials credit victim support programs and prevention efforts for this improvement.

According to Marks, the increased reporting and prevention efforts are helping the Navy and other services drive sexual assault out of the military culture. And there are many parallels and lessons to be learned for private sector enterprises.

Sexual Assault & Destructive Behaviors At-A-Glance

Sexual Assault: Always involves physical contact. Behavior may or may not occur in the work environment or involve co-workers.

Destructive Behaviors: Alcohol or other substance use disorder; Suicidal behavior; Self-harm behavior; Domestic violence; Anxiety and social phobias; Overall failure of coping mechanisms.

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About Dan: Dan Verton is the Content Leader & Strategist at LiveSafe. He is also an award-winning journalist, former military intelligence officer, and author of Left of Boom: The Citizen’s Guide to Detecting and Preventing Terrorist Attacks.

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