HEALTH / WELL-BEING

Sexual Assault in the Military

Article

This article delves into the root causes and myths surrounding sexual assault, the military cultural factors that may unintentionally contribute to sexual assault and the uncomfortable issues surrounding sexual assault.

Abstract

Military sexual assault is a pervasive problem throughout the military services, despite numerous initiatives to end it. No doubt the military’s lack of progress stems from the complexity of sexual assaults, yet in order to develop effective strategies and programs to end sexual assault, deep understanding and appreciation of these complexities are needed. In this paper, we describe the root causes and numerous myths surrounding sexual assault, the military cultural factors that may unintentionally contribute to sexual assault, and the uncomfortable issues surrounding sexual assault that are often ignored (such as the prevalence of male sexual assault within the military). We conclude by offering a broad, yet comprehensive set of recommendations that considers all of these factors for developing effective strategies and programs for ending sexual assault within in the military.

Full Reference

Castro, C. A., Kintzle, S., Schuyler, A. C., Lucas, C. L. and Warner. C. H., 2015. Sexual Assault in the Military. Current Psychiatry Report, doi:10.1007/s11920-015-0596-7.