Military Sexual assault Program

Program Proposal 7

MilitarySexual assault Program

Recently,there has beenanincreasedhigh-profile sexualassaultsscandalthat has rockedthemilitaryin theUS. ThePentagon estimatesthatoverthirty thousand militantsare sexually assaulted,with morethan fifty percent of theseincidentsoccurringin militaryfacilities(TheDepartment of Defense, 2013). Sixty percent of thereportedsexualassaultcasesarereportedby militarypersonnelwhowereassaultedwhileon duty.In 2012, there wereoverthree thousand reportedcasesof militarysexualassault,over eight hundred casesremainedrestrictedandwerenot solved.Mostof themilitarywomenwhoaresexually assaultedin thelineof dutyrarelyreportedtheassaults,fearingto be labeledas troublemakers.Thisis becausetheybelievedthattheassaultreportwould not be confidential,others believingthatnothingwould bedoneabout their casesdue to thelaxityof theestablishedmilitaryprograms(TheDepartment of Defense, 2013).

Rationale

Theincreasingmilitarysexualassaultsin themilitary,thefearof reportingassaultcases,as wellas theincreasedprobabilityof failureby theestablishedmilitaryprograms,has promptedtheideaof establishingamilitarysexualassaultprogram.Theprogramwill motivatesexually harassedmilitantsto reporttheharassments, investigatetheallegationsandactupon reliableevidence.Theprogramwill berununder establishedmilitarystandardsandwill reporttheharassment casesto theappropriateauthorityforaction.Thispaperoutlinestheproposalforsettinga militarysexualharassment program,detailingtherequisitepersonnel,funding andthemarketingplanof theprogram.

Staff

Theprogramwill becomprisedof amilitarypersonnelas wellasthe non-militaryworkforce, suchas experiencedprosecutors, judgeadvocates, psychologistsamong otherprofessionals.Allworkerswill be requiredto displayprofessionalism in their operation,to cultivateconfidencefrom themilitarymembers.Increasedconfidencewill be vitalin motivatingassaultedmilitarypersonsto reportcasesof sexualassaultssince theywill be surethattheir caseswill behandledwith highestlevels of professionalism, integrity,andconfidence(TheDepartment of Defense, 2013). Among theappropriatepersonnelfortheprogramwill involvethedirector,a militaryorex-military manthat will coordinatetheoperationsof thefirm with themilitary.Othertopstaffmemberswill includeexperiencedinvestigatorsandprosecutors whowill prosecuteculpablemilitarygiventheevidenceprovided.Professionalpsychologistswill be soughtto providecounseling to victims,promotingvictimcareandadvocacy.Thefirm will involveothersupportingstaffmembers,suchas drivers,secretaries,cleanersamong others, whowill promotesmoothoperationsof theconsultancy.

Facilities

Theoperationsof theconsultancy firm will requireofficesforthevariousofficials,suchas theofficeof thedirector,chiefinvestigate,prosecutor andthepsychologistamong others. Eachofficewill haveadequateroom,with appropriatesupportingfacilitiessuchas desksanddrawers. Forfulloperation,theprogramwill requirea minimumof twenty staffmemberscarryingthevariousrolesandresponsibilityof thefirm. In thisaspect,theofficewill have to be spaciousto createan enabling workingenvironment.

Budgetand Funding

Theenormous office space requirement, as well as the huge staffrequirement warrants, increased resource requirement, promotingsmooth operation. The consultancy will require two hundred thousandUS dollars for startup operations, most of which will be internallysourced. However, the firm will seek external capital from variousinvestors, funding institutions among others.

Proposed Budget for Military sexual Assault Program

start-up expenses

Cost in dollars

Rent

20,000

Legal

1,000

Consultants

4000

Insurance

450

Office Equipments

3,500

Stationery etc

4,000

Marketing expenses

5,000

Brochures

3,000

Others

1,000

Total startup expenses

41,950

Proposed salaries

140,000

Other start-up expenses

18,050

TOTALS

200,000

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Start-up funding

Owners’ Equity

93,000

Other Current assets

10,000

Investors

36,000

Total Assets

139,000

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Deficit (Financed through loans)

61,000

Programsand services

Thefirm will provideprogramssuchinvestigatingservices,victimcareandadvocacyprogramsto assist in reducing cases of assault within the military.Additionally, thefirmwill offerreportingprocedureservices,includingdata collection,trackingcasesof sexualharassments, as wellas prosecutingmilitarypersonsculpableof sexualharassments. In its operation,thefirm will collaboratewith themilitaryleaders,advisingthem on appropriateproceduresforcombatingandpreventingtheoccurrenceof sexualharassment casesamongst themilitaryperson,within andoutside themilitaryfacilities.Thefirm will furtherpromotecollaboration with thecommunitymemberswherethrough socialcorporate responsibilitystrategies,to endearthefirmto thecommunity.Theconsultancy will establishlocalsupportorganizations,promotingthecoordination andsharingof resourcesbetween thefirm andthecommunity.

Marketingplan

Theconsultancy will advertize its servicesover themediaorganizetalksandconcerts in thevariousmilitaryfacilities.This will assist in sensitizingthemilitaryon the different forms of sexual harassments, and how to handle thevice. Thesetalksandconcerts will motivatethemilitaryto reportcasesof sexualharassment, assuringthem confidentiality andprofessionalism whiledealingwith their cases.Theassuranceandextemporal performancewill drawthesexually harassedmilitaryto our firm, givingthefirma competitiveedgeto recruitclients.Asa consulting firm, weshall treatallcaseswith deservingseriousness,investigatingallcasesbefore concludingto prosecutetheaccusedpersons.

Establishingtheproposedmilitarysexualharassment programwill helpin reducingtheincreasedsexualharassment within themilitary.In addition,theprogramwill helpin counselingthesexually harassedmilitarypersons,helpingthem cope with thetraumatic postharassment events.Thesewill in helpcreatingan enabling environmentforexcellentmilitaryservices.Further,theprogramwill improvethelivelihoodof thegeneralpublic,through theestablishmentsocialcorporate responsibility.

Reference

TheDepartment of Defense (2013). SexualAssault in the Military.Retrieved fromhttp://www.usccr.gov/pubs/09242013_Statutory_Enforcement_Report_Sexual_Assault_in_the_Military.pdf

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