UPDATE:  Truth and Justice:
2012 Summit on Military Sexual Violence


Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) is sponsoring a one day Truth and Justice conference May 8th  in Washington, DC to give MST survivors the opportunity to share their stories with congress members, policy experts and the general public, coupled with key panels on major topics involving military sexual violence and survivors’ access to justice.

In 2010, the Department of Defense (DOD) documented 3,158 reports of military sexual assault, but concluded that only 13.5% of total cases were actually reported. DOD estimates that in 2010 alone, over 19,000 sexual assaults occurred in the military. Survivors who do report experiences of rape or sexual assault rarely receive justice because discretion is allocated to military commanders, thus bringing less than 21% of alleged perpetrators to court-martial; even fewer are convicted or sentenced to prison. For more information, please see the SWAN factsheet on Rape, Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the Military.


Summit Schedule:

Locations and Speakers TBA

7-8:15a – Welcome, Registration

8:15a – Opening Remarks

8:30 – 9:45a – Panel 1

Challenges and Strategies for Change

10a – 11:30a – Panel 2

Survivors and Family Members Tell Their Stories

11:30a-1p – Lunch, Keynote, Awards Ceremony

1-1:45p – Advocacy Training

2p-5p – Congressional Visits

5p – Reconvene, Closing Remarks


For more information about SWAN’s Truth and Justice Summit, click here

To contact the SWAN Legal and Peer Support Helpline, click here.