United States, Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military Fiscal Year 2013
Every day, in the United States, new members of the military are introduced to vigorous training that's designed to prepare them physically and mentally for their awaiting battles. One thing that these military training academies have failed to prepare service members for in the past, continues to be a personal battle among many—sexual assault committed by fellow soldiers.
Statistics found in the “Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military Fiscal Year 2013” reveal that about 26,000 military troops, male and female, were sexually violated during the 2012-2013 year. Along with the initial trauma after being sexually victimized by their peers (who are meant to be their brothers and sisters in combat), martyrs of sexual assault also face other, sometimes lifelong, repercussions from their assault. As if dealing with emotional trauma isn't enough, military sexual assault victims often attempt to deal with other major health issues linked to their assault and may have the hardship of paying for expensive medications or therapy just to get through a “normal” day. With the growing number of military sexual assault victims and the severe effects they're burdened with, it is just as vital that soldiers receive proper training to prepare them for deployment and war as it is important that soldiers receive training to combat this tragic issue occurring amongst their own. Due to the high number of reports, the issue of sexual assault within the military is now gaining more obvious attention from military leaders and congressmen. As Congress and the military work together to exchange ideas on prevention techniques, new programs and technology—like phone apps that offer sexual assault intervention techniques—are emerging to target the issue.
[...] Works Cited: United States. Department of Defense. Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military Fiscal Year 2013. Washington, D.C.: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) Print. Dick, Kirby, Regina K. Scully, Jennifer S. Newsom, Tanner K. Barklow, Amy Ziering, Thaddeus Wadleigh, Kirsten Johnson, Doug Blush, and Derek Boonstra. [...]
[...] Keeping in mind Major General Snow's wish for further efforts to target sexual violence within the military, it is crucial that in order for significant termination of sexual abuse, revision and enforcement of prevention programs must take place to potentially prevent men and women from experiencing similarly cataclysmic fates. Annotated Bibliography Primary United States. Department of Defense. Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military Fiscal Year 2013. Washington, D.C.: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) Print. [...]
[...] The article also states that “there were 6,000 to 7,000 fewer sexual assaults in 2014 than in 2012” (Wheeler). Despite these proclaimed trends, Army Major General Jeffrey Snow admits to the “need for more” in the efforts to fight sexual assault within the military: need to continue training efforts, information campaigns, whatever it takes to continue making progress” (Garamone). Snow's statement hints towards the creation of new programs that are identical to the SAPR and SHARP programs, which include more disciplined training led by qualified instructors with no history of committed sexual abuse. [...]
[...] One of the most infamous cases of military officials showing a blind eye to sexual assault is the 1991 military scandal at the Tailhook Association symposium. During the course of five days, “eighty-three women and seven men endured sexual assault and harassment” throughout the convention meeting and reported their assault, yet punitive measures were taken.” (Holland 291) After years of ignored incidents of sexual violence in the military due to corruption—depicted by military command friendships—allowing for leniency towards sexual assault reports, efforts are finally being made to encourage prevention of sexual assault. [...]
[...] The Invisible War. Sausalito, Calif.: Distributed by Roco Films Educational United States. Department of Defense. Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military Fiscal Year 2010. Washington, D.C.: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) Print. Garamone, Jim. “Sexual Assault Prevention Chief Notes Progress, Need for More.” U.S. Department of Defense Mar Web Apr Wheeler, David. [...]
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