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Health Care Providers
In addition to receiving general medical care, victims in the military can elect to receive sexual assault forensic exams, which are provided by health care professionals who, ideally, have specialized education and clinical experience in the collection of forensic evidence and treatment of sexual assault victims.
The military's minimum standards of health care intervention correspond to clinical standards set in the U.S. Department of Justice's National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations. However, clinical guidance is not solely limited to this resource. The U.S. Department of Defense's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office oversees policy directives, victim care, research and analysis, outreach, and operations.