Did you know?
• One in seven servicewomen will experience sexual assault while serving in the military.
• Over 90% of all females that report a sexual assault are discharge from the military. The majority are discharged against their wishes as a result most victims afraid to report the rape and continue working side by side with their perpetrator putting them at risk for repeat attacks.
• 80 percent of rapes are never reported - making it the most under-documented crime in the military.
•Reports of false rape allegations are less than .05%. Since fiscal year 2000 there was no reported cases of false allegations.
• 181 out of 2,212 reports of military sexual assaults, or 8 percent, were referred to court martial. By comparison 40 percent of those arrested in the civilian world on such charges are prosecuted.
• According to the Department of Defense's own statistics 74-85% of soldiers convicted of rape or sexual assault leave the military with honorable discharges (meaning the rape conviction does not appear on their record!)
•A woman who signs up to protect her country is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire"- Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA)
•A 2007 study has shown that 23 percent of Coast Guard cadets said they would not report other cadets who commit sexual assault, while 65 percent say they would allow personal loyalty to impact their decision to report sexual assault.
“While on duty I wore the uniform of the United States Army risking my life for my country and my fellow soldiers. Off duty I was carrying my weapon to protect myself from the same men that I was willing to take a bullet for. While serving in Iraq I was raped three times by my NCO. It makes you wonder who the enemy really is.”
–SPC. Ashley D. Age 21 US Army
On this Veterans’ Day do not forget the many veterans that have suffered in silence and alone. Sometimes the biggest battles are with those with whom you will risk all that you have to protect.
What can you do to help?
If you have 10 minutes: Veterans that experienced a sexual assault in the military should be respected and honored for their bravery and military service. Offer your thanks to a veteran.
If you have 30 minute: Write to your representative demanding better protection for our servicemen and women from experiencing sexual violence.
If you have one hour: Sit down and talk with a survivor of military rape. Hear the stories from those who are often silenced yet served our country in bravery and pride.
If you have a day: Volunteer with the Military Rape Crisis Center or other veteran organizations to help survivors of military rape.
Visit www.stopmilitaryrape.org for more information and other ways that you can help
Thank you and Happy Veterans' Day!