Sexual Assault in the Military

Authored by: Carl Andrew Castro, Sara Kintzle, Ashley C. Schuyler, Carrie L. Lucas, Christopher H. Warner

Categories: Human Rights, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Access to Justice and Rule of Law, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Country: The United States
Region: North America
Year: 2015
Citation: Castro, Carl Andrew et al. “Sexual Assault in the Military.” Current Psychiatry Reports 17, no. 7 (2015).

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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.