Report: Increased Sexual Assault in the Military

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

As we continue our conversation on women serving in war, we turn to a new report, “Women Warriors: Supporting She ‘Who Has Borne the Battle,’” that shows sexual assault in the military was up nine percent last year. But many assaults go unreported, and fewer than 10% of assailants are court-martialed. For a look at the culture of sexual assault in the military, we're joined by the report's author, Erin Mulhall, from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and Army Sgt. Cara Hammer, who served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and works in veteran services at the IAVA.


Sergeant Cara Hammer and Erin Mulhall

Comments [2]


A very relevant topic to cover, but a major flaw in the coverage: you say there's been a 9% increase, but you never say what the rate was before (or by extension) after the increase. I turn to the takeaway for top notch analysis, but this is an incredibly poor oversight.

Oct. 14 2009 01:23 PM
Richard Johnston

1. How often are men the victims of sexual assault in the military?
2. What portion of those assaults are same-sex?
3. What percentage of same-sex assaults are reported?
4. If "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" were repealed would that make it more likely that same-sex assaults would be reported?

Oct. 14 2009 09:13 AM

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