Military Hazing or Sexual Assault

Below is an interesting article that shows some surface statistics gleened from military surveys regarding sexual assault. The differences in how the men and women define sexual assault is stunning; and frankly should tell us a lot about the reactions women in the military get when they report sexual assault. If men think its hazing, then completely different rules apply; and the challenges reporting and getting justice for sexual assault between the sexes makes a bit of sense.

Let’s look at it from a different perspective: If you opened a fraternity to women, and expected everyone, man or woman, to go through the same hazing during rush week, how would each gender report what had happened to them? Let’s be honest, sticking a ping pong ball up his ass and then funneling a six pack is hazing to a frat boy; to a woman, stopping at the ping pong ball up her ass, is all she needs for sexual assault; and frankly, she probably needs a six pack FIRST.

I’m in no way shape or form saying looking at it from a hazing perspective makes the pervasive attitude towards sexual assault in the military right, I’m simply saying, maybe we should try solving the problem of pushing it under the rug in a different way. Maybe we should educate and discipline the hazing, as well as the sexual assault.

Sexual assault circumstances differ for military men, women

As the military struggles to combat sexual assault, surveys are uncovering stark differences between the attacks against active-duty female service members and those against active-duty men. The differences are forcing defense leaders to come up with more gender-specific ways to treat victims and address the crimes.

One of the bigger challenges is tallying the number of men who have been sexually assaulted or faced unwanted sexual contact, because in many cases males describe the incidents as hazings rather than attacks.

“We’re really trying to get to that point where I think we understand what’s inappropriate behavior toward females. But we’ve not gotten to the what’s inappropriate toward males,” said Jill Loftus, director of the Navy’s sexual assault prevention program.

Some differences in sexual assault against each gender:

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