Class & Culture
Members of our Armed Forces not only risk their lives to protect our freedoms, they also face additional barriers when it comes to sexual violence:
- Military Sexual Trauma (MST) = term used by the Veterans Administration (VA) for sexual assault or sexual harassment that occurs during military service.
- Rates of MST among vets who are part of the VA Healthcare system are higher than those found in “general military populations.”
- In a 2000 national survey of women in the VA Healthcare system, with 3,632 women responding, 835 or 23% reported at least one sexual assault while on active duty.
The Invisible War - documentary on sexual assault in the military: view the trailer (on YouTube).
- SAPRO - Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.
- SafeHelpline – a project of the DoD and RAINN.org [confidentiality may not be guaranteed if you use this service; RAINN staff can transfer to local community service providers if requested].
- Military Sexual Trauma – PowerPoint presentation.
- Army Community Service, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program - brochure.
- Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships To Respond To Sexual Assault a currculum hosted by the NSVRC created by PCAR in partnership with DOJ and Military agencies; includes PDF Facilitator's Guide and PowerPoint modules.
- VAW.net Special Collection: The Intersection of Domestic Violence and the Military: Working across disciplines
- Sexual Violence in the Military: A Guide for Civilian Advocates, a guide put together by the National Sexual Assault Resource Center (NSVRC) that focuses on the impact of sexual violence in the military. [10.32MB]
In the News:
2014-07-30: Sen. Baldwin co-sponsors legislation to expand access to contraception for military women, dependents. Washington D.C. - Legislation supported by women’s health care advocates would also boost access to comprehensive family planning counseling.
2013-11-19: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Delivers Senate Floor Speech on Military Sexual Assault - Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined a bipartisan group of Senate women in speaking out on the Senate floor working to support historic change in an ongoing effort to address military sexual assault.
2013-08-15: U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Hagel’s Statement on New Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Measures - For immediate release from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) on August 15, 2013.
2013-03-17: Military sexual assault victim turns trauma into hope
Air Force veteran now leads a support group for others who faced torment: Mar 17, 2013 via Florida Today.
2013-02-14: The Rape of Petty Officer Blumer
Inside the military's culture of sex abuse, denial and cover-up: RollingStone.com – Feb. 14, 2013.
2013-01-23: Air Force calls number of sex assaults "appalling" CBS News: January 23, 2013: WASHINGTON. The Air Force recorded an "appalling" number of reports of sexual assault last year even as it worked to curb misconduct in the wake of a sex scandal at its training headquarters in Texas, the service's top officer told lawmakers on Wednesday. Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, said there were 796 reports of cases ranging from inappropriate touching to rape. The 2012 figure is a nearly 30 percent increase from 2011 when 614 cases were reported. The number could be much greater, Welsh said, because many cases are never reported at all. "Calling these numbers unacceptable does not do the victims justice," Welsh said. "The truth is, these numbers are appalling!"
Read the full story on CBSNews.com...
2012-09-27: Victims of sexual assault in military say brass often ignore pleas for justice – report on NBC’s Rock Center; video and text transcript…
Originally published: August 12, 2012 9:12 PM
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The enormous obstacles and emotional torment that a female solider confronts in reporting a sexual assault in the military are the focus of the three-part Web series "Lauren" on YouTube's new channel WIGS, which focuses on drama for women.
2012-04-02: DOD Implements New Changes to Sexual Assault Response
WASHINGTON, April 2, 2012 – The Defense Department has refined new methods to aid sexual assault victims whether reporting a crime or seeking assistance as they transition from service, the director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office said here March 30.
“We have several new options for victims of sexual assault,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog. “First, if you’ve been a victim of sexual assault in the military you now have the option of requesting an expedited transfer. We signed that into effect in December.”