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According to NPR, “In 2003, a survey of female veterans found that 30 percent said they were raped in the military. A 2004 study of veterans who were seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder found that 71 percent of the women said they were sexually assaulted or raped while serving. And a 1995 study of female veterans of the Gulf and earlier wars, found that 90 percent had been sexually harassed.”
The BBC recently reported on The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq by Helen Benedict. This book examines the extreme difficulties female soldiers have in serving abroad. Benedict interviewed several women in the military to get a deeper understanding of the issue, and some of their stories were real eye openers.
Army specialist Chantelle Henneberry spoke of some of her experiences in Iraq, “Everybody’s supposed to have a battle buddy in the army, and females are supposed to have one to go to the latrines with, or to the showers – that’s so you don’t get raped by one of the men on your own side. But because I was the only female there, I didn’t have a battle buddy. My battle buddy was my gun and my knife.”
Originally posted by Parallex
When you train men to be unquestioning killing machines, that's exactly what you get.
Are humans meant to be this way? Of course not.
Therefore, you will get adverse effects - one of which is sexual depravity and mal-behaviour.
Soldiers also need to be psychologically assessed better - especially in the US military.
Originally posted by KrazyJethro
I also seriously doubt the statistic.
Originally posted by junglejake
The story references unnamed studies, and there are two links, one talking about post traumatic stress syndrome and the other domestic violence. But hey, if we all hate the military and men enough, that'll make this true, right?
Originally posted by passenger
This is not a problem exclusive to the U.S. military. It’s a known part of military behavior throughout history. Hiding the women when the enemy comes is a documented necessity all the way back to the times of the Assyrian Empire. Even the Bible talks about women being carried off by victorious armies. History has proven that women are always one of the most desired spoils of war. Putting women into the military just eliminated the problem of capturing women for the troops.
Many predicted that this sort of thing would happen with the mixing of sexes in the armed forces. Groups of young men who are naturally aggressive and then trained to be even more aggressive and then exposed to great stress are going to act upon their basest instincts. Having women readily available for them was a disastrous idea.
This is a prime example of ‘enlightened’ thinkers believing that they can overcome primal human behavior with well intentioned concepts like ‘equal-opportunity’ and ‘diversity’. The whole thing just shows what happens when people who have no concept of war and human behavior believe that a policy can change reality.