Sexual Assault Questioned, Covered Up in Military

Sexual Assault Questioned, Covered Up in Military

Rape and abuse cases may have been swept under the rug

by #teamEBONY, April 16, 2012

Comments
Sexual Assault Questioned, Covered Up in Military

According to the testimony of several women across several branches of the armed forces, cases of alleged sexual assault are often disregarded or misdiagnosed. CNN gathered stories of women who say there were raped by servicemen. Upon reporting the incidents, these women were basically told by senior officers that it did not happen. Some women say they were immediately diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder to cover up the assaults.

Despite the military’s “zero tolerance” policy," a reported 3,191 cases of military sexual assaults were made in 2011, a huge number that pales in comparison to 19,000 — the Pentagon's disturbingly high estimate of how many cases there actually were last year. Wow. 

 
Stay in the Know
Sign up for the Ebony Newsletter