Friday, March 14, 2008

Sexual harassment in the military  

Unfortunately, women have to worry about being sexually harassed almost everywhere they go... even in the military. A new study conducted by the Pentagon shows that 1/3 of women in the military have experienced sexual harassment.

The cases involved members of the military who were either victims or accused of the assaults. The military counts rape, nonconsensual sodomy, indecent assault and attempts to commit any of those as sexual assault.

According to the documents, 1,516 reports involved the Army; 565 for the Air Force; 394 for the Navy; and 213 for the Marines. The active duty Army, by far the largest service with about 518,000 soldiers, also saw the highest rate of reported sexual assaults.

It really upsets me that this is going on. To me, it shows that many men are still not taking women in the military seriously. These women enlist to serve their country - not to be treated like a piece of meat. When people argue against women being in the military, often they will reason that the presence of women might "distract" the men from their duties. It is clear that this isn't too far from the truth, but why should it then be the woman's responsibility to back off? Women shouldn't be kept out of the military because some men can't keep their hands to themselves.

Additionally, sexual harassment in the military is not just happening to women. 6% of men also reported being harassed, although it is unclear if the majority of the offenders were male or female. But these statistics still show that sexual harassment in the military is a major problem that is not getting nearly enough attention. I'm worried about women being discouraged from enlisting in the military because of potential harassment. It's tough enough being a woman in a male-dominated association without having to deal with being violated.

What can be done about this though? What kind of steps can be taken to prevent it? Better education? Stricter policies? It's hard to say. I think in the end, it's attitudes towards women that need to be reformed. Unfortunately, that's by far the hardest thing to change.

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4 comments: to “ Sexual harassment in the military

  • August 26, 2011 at 1:43 PM  

    Military pilot faggot who paid a CHILD to allow him to suck his dick:::He was 17 and the boy was 11!!
    "I'll let you drive my car if you let me suck your dick."
    HE wanted to be the prostitute.
    Military piliot, male prostitute.
    How long did "Military pilot::Male prostitute" masterbate and think about homosexuality? A year? "Into his 20s."
    After he enlisted in the military? Into his flight training?
    He was 17 and the boy was 11!!! He needs to be on a list the community can reference.
    His wife looks like a man and he stongly prefers copulation, a testiment to his younger years as molester.

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  • May 24, 2012 at 11:06 PM  

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