The Rise of Sexual Assault in the Military
Sexual assault is an all too common issue that affects the Army and the military at large. As per the Department of Defense, the number of reported sexual assaults in the military in 2016 was over 20,000. Shockingly, one in five women serving in the military experience sexual assault, and this statistic likely underrepresents the true scope of the problem. These alarming figures highlight the pressing need for action to address this pervasive issue.
Sexual assault in the army can result in punishment ranging from a letter of reprimand to a court-martial. Punishment for a sexual assault conviction can include a dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement.
The rise in reported cases of sexual assault in the Army is a concerning development, with a 38% increase between 2016 and 2017 according to the Department of Defense. Identifying the causes of this disturbing trend is crucial to effectively combat the issue. Factors that may contribute to this increase include alcohol and drug use, power imbalances between genders in the military, and the lack of accountability and reporting.