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    Army, Navy and Marine Corps Sexual Harassment, Bullying, Hazing Response Under Investigation by Pentagon Watchdog

    Army, Navy and Marine Corps Sexual Harassment, Bullying, Hazing Response Under Investigation by Pentagon Watchdog

    The Defense Department's inspector general has launched reviews of the Navy and Marine Corps' sexual harassment complaint process, as well as the 's handling of harassment prevention and response to determine whether the services are effectively managing their efforts to protect service members.

    While it is unclear why the Pentagon's top watchdog is looking into the Department of the Navy's sexual harassment complaint and response process, the department rolled out guidance in June that provided service members a range of support programs if they are sexually harassed, to include crisis intervention and support services.

    A memo sent July 12 to the service department — which includes both the Navy and Marine Corps — from Theresa Hull, deputy inspector general for diversity and inclusion and extremism in the , said the IG investigation aims to determine whether the services have effectively managed their respective sexual harassment programs and complied with federal and guidance on the subject.

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    In fiscal 2022, the military services, including the National Guard Bureau, received 3,201 complaints of sexual harassment from members, 1,053 of which were substantiated. Although the Defense Department's annual report on sexual harassment did not break these complaints down by service, at least 5% of the Navy's 501 unrestricted…

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