Two In Five Military Women Endure Sexual Trauma During Service

This shouldn’t be stunning if you’ve been paying attention to the reports that have been coming out over the last few years. If you are interested, there is a link in the below article that will take you to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, online publication from July 29, 2015. There you can find all the reference links used during the study.

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Two in five military women endure sexual trauma during service

Roughly 41 percent of women and 4 percent of men experienced sexual harassment, while about 9 percent of women and less than 1 percent of men said they were assaulted.

“It’s not surprising that sexual trauma was so much more prevalent among women compared to men in this study, given that there are so many more men in the military than women and most are heterosexual,” said Dr. Daniel Grossman, a researcher at Ibis Reproductive Health and the University of California, San Francisco.

Deployed men had lower risk of sexual trauma exposure than men who weren’t deployed, but deployment status made no difference for women, the study also found. Veterans with combat exposure during deployment were more likely to experience sexual trauma.

Among women, Marines and Navy veterans had increased risk for military sexual trauma compared with Air Force veterans.

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