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A female U.S. Soldier in a combat zone is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. In fact, The Department of Defense estimates that in 2010 alone, there were more than 19,000 violent sex crimes in the U.S. Military. Ref. Source 5
U.S. Sergeant Raped in Afghanistan Found Nowhere to Go:
As the only woman in her bomb-disposal unit in Afghanistan, Army Sergeant Rebekah Havrilla said she had learned to endure sexual harassment from her team leader and contempt from the captain who commanded the unit. Ref. Source 5
I think this is both a moral and training issue. True, it does make you wonder about the men's standards. However, I think it needs to be addressed in the training. They need to realise that women are not there for their sexual needs, that they are the same as the men, they are their sisters in combat. I find it just incredibly sad that this is going on. The soldiers do fantastic work and I can understand why women would want to be a part of this. However, why would they want to be involved, if one in three women in the military get raped? Its not just the US though. This happens in Australia and across the globe. Education is the only way to resolve this. And in all ranks of the military, not just the new cadets.
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Sexual Assault Solutions Include Everyone Hagel Says
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Sexual assault issues are corrected within the fabric of an institution, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told troops at a Fort Carson, Colo., town hall, "and you're the fabric. And I know you feel the same way."
At least 60 troops have been suspended from the military after the Pentagon re-screened them and found that they had committed violations ranging from alcohol-related offenses to child abuse and sexual assault, USA TODAY has learned. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered that the records of recruiters and sexual assault counselors be examined in light of the Pentagon's report in May that estimated 26,000 troops had been sexually assaulted in 2012, a 35% increase since 2010, with offenses ranging from groping to rape. Ref. USAToday
The Pentagon announced a plan Thursday to deal with sexual assault in the ranks, including tighter control of recruiters and trainers, shored-up protections for victims and improved tracking of complaints and cases involving sexual abuse. Sexual assault and harassment in the military rose 35% between 2010 and 2012, a recent report showed. Ref. USAToday
Military sex assault reports jump by 50 percent:
The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50 percent this year, an increase that defense officials say may suggest that victims are becoming more willing to come forward after a tumultuous year of scandals that shined a spotlight on the crimes and put pressure on the military to take aggressive action. Ref. Source 7
Sexual assaults reported by cadets and midshipmen at the U.S. Military service academies dropped slightly in the past academic year from the previous year, a military report obtained by USA TODAY shows.