Military Rape Awareness Week, October 12-16th, 2009

1 in 3 Women Raped in the Military

AN EPIDEMIC:

  • A 2004 study of women veterans from Vietnam and all wars since, who were seeking help for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), found that 71% said they were sexually assaulted or raped while serving.
  • The VA study (referenced in the title above) was funded by the Army Medical Research Department and found that 30% of women veterans said they were raped while serving. That is almost one in three.
  • Thirty seven percent of the attempted raped and raped women in the VA study also reported being raped more than once and 14% of them reported being gang raped. This study also discovered that 75% of raped women in the military failed to report it.

Although this is an epidemic, it is not being treated as one.

SURVIVORS LIVE WITH:

  • Depression, shame, terror, irrationally blaming themselves, difficulty trusting anybody again.
  • Emotional numbness, helplessness, fear, flashbacks, nightmares.
  • Severe medical problems, drug and/or alcohol dependency.
  • Homelessness - 40% of female veterans report being raped in the military.

EVEN A PACK OF CIGARETTES HAS A WARNING

See >>>> A.G. Sadler, et al., Factors Associated with Women's Risk of Rape in the Military Environment, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 43:262-273 (2003). Important, see Erratum correcting study's rate of rape from 28% to 30%.  Download this pdf file