Friday, June 1, 2012

More numbers on rape in the military

From an interesting article (hattip Reddit):

In fiscal year 2010 alone, according to DOD (Department of Defense) estimates, there were over 19,000 sexual assaults in the military, with less than 13.5% reported, due to fear of retaliation. The Department of the Navy estimates that approximately 10,700 (56%) involved male victims. Of the 696,250 MST-related (Military Sexual Trauma) encounters at VA Medical facilities, 244,074 (34%) were with male veterans. Few of these attacks are reported because victims are often blamed, harassed, and pushed out of the service. Meanwhile, their attackers rarely receive just punishment.

Pretty horrifying. Some things to keep in mind:

a) Sexual assault in the military happens far more often to women

b) As there are far more men in the military the numbers of victims in total are about the same

c) It seems to me that more female than male victims visit a medical facility

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