The Military And Sexual Assault Essay
The US Military has been one of the most powerful and respected fighting forces in the world; it is also a hotbed for sexual assault. Each year thousands of men and women take an oath to serve and protect their county and each thousands of military service members are sexually assaulted. “Earlier this week, Pentagon officials released a new report which estimated more than 70 sexual assaults occur in the military each day.”(Shane III) Fear of retaliation, both personal and professional, and humiliation stop many service members from reporting their sexual assaults. Those few that make the bold choice to report incidents of sexual assault often find themselves disappointed by the outcome; assaults that are reported have an incredibly low rate of conviction for the offender. The US Military has proven over time that they are incapable of effectively dealing with the sexual assault problem that it faces.
“The total number of reports of sexual assaults is up 11 percent over the previous year, and 70 percent over 2012, but officials said increased reporting is a sign of better confidence in the system.”(Hlad)
The US Military has created an environment that allows those who commit sexual assault to roam free without any real fear of legal consequences; this can only be stopped if civilian court is allowed to handle and process all US Military sexual assault cases.
The US Military has a long history and jaded history of issues with sexual…