according to the results of a confidential survey sent by the pentagon this may to 108,000 active duty service members, there were 26,000 cases of sexual assault in 2012, though only 3,400 (13%) were reported. of the 3,400 cases reported, findings show 62% suffered retaliation, while the primary reason given by the 22,500 who did not report was fear of retaliation and a lack of trust in the chain of command.
a female soldiers is more likely to be raped by a fellow officer than she is to be wounded in the field of battle (as either a medic, military police officer, intelligence officer, or helicopter pilot attached, but not formally assigned, to a battalion). the american journal of industry medicine reports that about one in three servicewoman experience rape.
in the military, “they would see you as [either] a bitch, a slut or a dyke,” says cecilia sequeira, a model marine who retired with the rank of sergeant.
photos: (above) by umit bektas in pul-e alam, eastern afghanistan, november 28, 2011 and (bellow) by erik de castro of sgt jessica corona in kandahar city, southern afghanistan, october 12, 2012.
My novel Little Brother is the “One City One Book” pick for the San Francisco Public Library this year; and in its honor, they’ve put together an amazing city-wide scavenger hunt called “Rogue Agent.” It features fiendish puzzles and awesome clues, and kicks off on September 14. It’s a…
Awesome! Who’s in?