“The Invisible War” Documentary Film
(If you don’t have the film you can watch it on YouTube in “parts”)
The troops protecting our country are also sexually assaulting others within the same group which is very contradicting.
This may be hard to believe, but sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape are very common in the U.S. military. In May, the Pentagon released an anonymous sexual assault survey which concluded that 26,000 troops were sexually assaulted/harassed in 2012. This is a tremendous increase in assaults when compared to the 19,000 who reported last year. Although women only make up 15% of the active duty force, they make up 47% of the sexual assaulted victims. “The annual report shows that of assaults on women, 67% happened on base, 19% in a war zone and 20% on a ship or a field exercise. For male-on-male assaults, 73%happened on base and 26% in a combat zone” (Washington Times).
The perpetrators of the sexual assaults are usually people in charge/superiors. You can see how this puts service members in an awkward position. Having a superior as the offender contradicts the entire situation. The majority of sexual assault cases are not reported. Therefore, the committer gets off with no punishment, while the victim is emotionally and mentally scarred for life. Sexual assaults are not reported for numerous, military, cultural reasons: Continue reading