Sexual Assault Of The Military

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Sexual Assault in the Military The United States military is admired, scrutinized, and monitored by the public in almost every aspect possible. Generally speaking, the military has a good reputation, and the public looks up to those who are in uniform. Unfortunately, recent uncovered events involving multiple sexual assaults have in a way tarnished the public view of military members and the military as a whole. It seems as though one cannot disassociate the two words recently, as if they are paired together. But how exactly did this happen? What made the military go from a profession of arms that protects the public, to a demonized organization in which no justice is done in the terms of sexual assault? More importantly, what is being done by the military to combat this issue now that a problem has been identified, and how far is too far when it comes to training to prevent sexual assault? These are but a few of the questions and ethical dilemmas that surround this highly sensitive and highly controversial issue. Sexual Assault Defined. The 2012 Edition of the Manual for Courts Martial defines sexual assault as any person who commits a sexual act upon another person by threatening or placing another person in fear, causing bodily harm to that person. Additionally, if that person knows or reasonably should know that the other person is asleep, unconscious, or unaware that the sexual act is occurring, or if that person commits a sexual act upon another person when that other person is incapable of consenting, has committed a sexual assault (United States, 2012, p. A2-30, A2-31). In other words, the old misconception of sexual assault being the stranger waiting outside of the diner is over. As you can see from the defi... ... middle of paper ... ...lem in the military and in society regardless of how much someone trains, but the important fact to remember is that the majority of people do not commit sexual assaults, and if everyone works together, this tragedy can happen less. In his policy directive, the Secretary of the Air Force wrote we will “eliminate sexual assault within the Department of the Air Force by fostering a culture of prevention, providing education and training, response capability, victim support, reporting procedures, and accountability that enhances the safety and well-being of all its members (Wynne, Michael 2011)”. This is an enormous piece of the pie in the ultimate goal of fostering an ethical culture in the military, and even though the way we are getting there may be criticized, questioned, and even disliked, the inherent idea of eliminating sexual assault is well worth the fight.

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