Rape in the military occurs almost twice as much as in civilian life. The Pentagon passed strict laws against rape, yet only 40 percent of rapes are being reported. Since the Pentagon only recognizes rapes that are reported, the extent of the problem is often overlooked. Why do women not report rape? The laws may be harsh but they do not cover all sides of the situation. For instance, reforms in the procedures for reporting rape
In 1996, Captain Derrick Robinson, Sergeant Delmar Simpson, and Sergeant Nathanael Beech were arraigned for their suspected involvement in one of the biggest sex scandals the United States Military had seen. According to CNN, between these three men, charges of rape and adultery were pending in a huge case of sexual misconduct against female soldiers at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland (CNN, 2996). Following this incident, the United States Military took it upon themselves to open a telephone hotline to encourage the reporting of similar harsh crimes. Furthermore, the spike in reporting influenced extensive research to examine the prevalence of rape against women soldiers in the U.S. Military (Titunik, 2000). This paper will explore the dynamics of rape against women soldiers in the military and the research done on its prevalence.
Sadler, Anne, et al. "Factors Associated with Women's Risk of Rape in the Military Environment," American Journal of Industrial Medicine , 2003.
“Assigning women to combat is a radical attack on the natural complementary of the sexes.” (Kirkwood)
Desmond, Edward W. "Rape of an innocent, dishonor in the ranks." Time. 2 Oct. 1995: 51-52
hard working women as whores and lesbians and felt the women on the front lines of combat were only there for the moral support of the male troops. These false accusations humiliated the women and had a huge impact on the attitudes of people and policies regarding women in front line combat for the decades to come” (Moskos 54). Along with these accusations came the tests of the military manpower and strategies.
Sadler. "Factors Associated With Women's Risk of Rape in the Military Enviroment." American Journal of Industrial Medicine (2003): 262-73. 28 Mar. 2014.
What do Americans hope for when they send their young men and women to serve their country? Some will say justice and duty; others will hope that their loved ones gain respect and responsibility. But the overall idea that Americans want for their sailors and soldiers, whether overseas or on land, is safety. Safety from harm and from unnecessary evils that may be present in whatever zone they may be entering. What if that idea of safety was a farce? What if the very people we have sent to protect us, are becoming victims, help just a fleeting hope? America’s military is experiencing this epidemic currently. The epidemic is known as sexual assault. The commanding officers in charge of protecting our armed forces from undue violence can, in fact, be the ones hindering their safety and justice based on a myriad of discriminations. Sexual assault cases need to be taken away from military authorities and put into the hands of the civilian justice system to avoid unfair trials and mistreatment of victims. In turn, the results will offer victims and perpetrators fair trials and a chance to be heard.
The corruption around sexual assault in the U.S. military is overwhelmingly devastating. Many women would report cases of rape just to be told that they were lying, or that there was not enough evidence or that their rape kit had been lost.7 In some cases, the attackers would be the victim’s commander; these officials did 25% of sexual assaults.6 The military has huge power in this nation and have been using their power to cover up their own criminal acts. It is difficult for the victims to come forward for these horrible assaults. Women that do come forward either lose their ranking or nothing’s done because the person they go to is friends with the assailant. It is believed that over 85-90% of rapes in the U.S. military go unreported. Over the years, floods of people have come forward, yet the number of unreported cases remains the same.6 The documentary Invisible War did a tremendous job on bringing this problem into the eyes of the public and to our government, which recently passed legisl...
In the 20th century, perceptions of rape in war have moved from something that is
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In “Combating Sexism: Woman and the Military Draft” writer Danielle Harris address the issues of women's inequality in the draft by proving that “American men and woman must carry equal responsibility” on the battlefield. As the military has changed its rules against genders many Americans have questioned the role of woman in today's society. A bill was passed that requires women to register in the draft, although, the likelihood of another draft happening is unlikely this opportunity is being used to highlight the discrimination of women. Some agree that women should be drafted as long as they meet the physical requirements of the military. Others disagree saying, that drafting woman is “immoral”. The biggest concern of drafting woman in the military is pregnancy. This issue would be resolved if the military made contraceptives more available to the woman. It is disrespectful to say that allowing women in the military is like “drafting] our daughters”. Many have fought and died to keep this country safe, in fact, “women already make up a significant amount of the united States armed
Throughout history, the United States Military has faced numerous scandals. From its role in the Vietnam War, to the Iran-Contra Affair, to the Iraq War, to the abuse and denial of due process rights to detainees currently held indefinitely at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; the Department of Defense has undeniably raised many questions about its ethics and treatment toward both civilians and fellow members of the Armed Forces alike. One recent scandal, which would now appear to be becoming the standard, is that of sexual assault within the military. However, due to a campaign of awareness, grassroots activism, and pressuring elected officials to do what is right, things are now beginning to change.
Women who serve in the military face different challenges than men do in the military that other people are not aware of. Elmer Davis was a news reporter, author, and the Director of the United States Office of War Information during World War II. Davis states that, “This nation will remain the land of the free, only so long as it is the home of the brave” (Davis n.p.). Women in the military risk their lives every day but are taken advantage of and discriminated against because of their gender. Military women experience military sexual traumas (MST) and are at risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which affects them mentally. The military impacts the lives of the women in combat and it affects the lives of their families. Military
In life, we are all told we can do what we set our minds to and become what we want. We have been told that we are all equals and have equal chances, but what about women in the military? Not only have women have to deal with no being able to hold certain positions in the army, but they also have to deal with cruelty and harassment from fellow veterans due to their gender. Even though women can do the job just as well as men, it is not realized that veteran is not a gender-specific word for just men (Arntz). Along with not being able to hold certain positions and being harassed, they also have to deal with the after effects that come along with what they have suffered through. Women in the military constantly face a battle. Not only are they fighting outside forces, but they are also fighting inside forces. They have to fight the discrimination that comes along with being a female in serving in the military.