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Jamie A. Snyder & Heidi L. Scherer

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Chapter 11: Sexual Victimization in the U.S. Military

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Sexual Victimization in the U.S. Military
Sexual victimization in the U.S. military
Jamie A.Snyder and Heidi L.Scherer

One of the many issues that face young men and women in the U.S. military is sexual victimization. In 2012, 3,374 incidents of sexual victimization were reported according to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), an increase over the number of incidents reported in 2011. In fact, since 2004, the number of sexual victimizations reported by the DoD has nearly doubled (DoD, 2013b). Additionally, in a recent survey, over 1 in 5 women reported experiencing sexual victimization by someone in the military since entering service (DoD, 2013a). These official numbers, coupled with findings from self-report surveys, suggest that sexual victimization in the U.S. military is a continuing problem that warrants ...

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