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Peace Corps Final Report Review of the Peace Corps Implementation of Guidelines Related to Volunteer Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault - Puzey Act Compliance

Peace Corps Final Report Review of the Peace Corps Implementation of Guidelines Related to Volunteer Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault - Puzey Act Compliance

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See Permanent Committee: Peace Corps Sexual Assault Advisory Council required by Peace Corps Office of Victims Advocate and Global Operations program - annual reports.
See Permanent Committee: Peace Corps Sexual Assault Advisory Council required by Peace Corps Office of Victims Advocate and Global Operations program - annual reports.

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10/21/2013

WE RECOMMEND:

1. That posts conduct annual “all staff” sexual assault training sessions and periodic first
responder refresher sessions to ensure all post staff are fully informed of the agency’s sexual
assault response policies and understand the response and care protocols.

2. That the agency develop sexual assault policy and guidance for other sexual assault (OSA)
incidents including procedures for taking reports and responding to the care or support needs
of OSA victims, and that it incorporate this guidance into its Response Guidelines.
3. That the agency incorporate the following topics into its Response Guidelines and staff
training modules: the role of the victim advocate, the role of the safety and security
coordinator, and the role of the Office of Inspector General for investigating Volunteer
sexual assault.

4. That the agency clarify notification requirements and align instructions in the Response
Guidelines and Medical Technical Guideline 540 to ensure clear and specific instructions for
notification of headquarters offices in the aftermath of a Volunteer rape or sexual assault.

5. That the agency ensure that all country directors, Peace Corps medical officers and staff with
a sexual assault response and care role attend annual Response Guidelines training sessions,
and that staff participation in training be tracked and documented.

6. That the agency provide Volunteer sexual assault response training for staff members who
will serve as acting country director, and include the duties for managing sexual assault
response in overseas staff training modules.

7. That, for those staff who will serve as acting country director, the agency include the duties
and responsibilities for managing Volunteer sexual assault response in position descriptions
and performance plans.

8. That the agency provide annual Response Guidelines training to all headquarters staff
members responsible for supporting victims or training staff in the response to Volunteer
sexual assault incidents.

9. That the agency establish policy to require that post staff who have response roles annually
review the “Survey of the Local Legal Environment” (LES) to familiarize themselves with
information contained in the LES and to determine if updates are required.

10. That the agency review all posts’ “Survey of the Local Legal Environment” to ensure
information has been fully and accurately collected.

11. That country directors provide the U.S. Embassy’s regional security officer with a copy of the
“Survey of the Local Legal Environment” and meet to review the support services that may be

Final Report: Review of the Peace Corps’ Implementation of

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Guidelines Related to Volunteer Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault

provided under the Peace Corps-Department of State Memorandum of Understanding in an initial
meeting and when new country directors or regional security officers arrive at post.

12. That the agency implement a centralized sexual assault case management system that
encompasses Volunteer sexual assault response, care, and support activities, and use the case
management system to assess staff performance and identify any needed adjustments in its
policies and procedures.

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