Men, sexual assault, and the military

GQ has published an in-depth report on male sexual assault (that is, the sexual assault of men) in the US military. The piece is long, but very much worth reading in all of its horrifying detail. Here’s the abstract:

Sexual assault is alarmingly common in the U.S. military, and more than half of the victims are men. According to the Pentagon, thirty-eight military men are sexually assaulted every single day. These are the stories you never hear—because the culprits almost always go free, the survivors rarely speak, and no one in the military or Congress has done enough to stop it

One thought on “Men, sexual assault, and the military

  1. The detail is horrifying. It might be revealing to look at male and female reactions to being raped in the military.

    Some of the stories reminded me of an exchange in yesterday’s (March 3rd) Republican debate. Someone objected to Trump’s idea of having the families of terrorists killed. The objection was that such a move would contravene international laws, and soldiers wouldn’t obey the command. 2 or 3 chilling times Trump said “If I order them to do it, they will do it.” It sounded like an assertion of (potential) ownership, similar to what one gets in some of the stories of rape.

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