By definition, rape is nonconsensual sexual assault, typically involving sexual intercourse. Rape is one part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s formal definition, included in the 2009–2010 report, of sexual assault that reads as follows:

The term sexual violence, hereby referred to as “sexual assault,” is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. The crime of sexual assault includes rape, forcible sodomy, and other unwanted sexual contact that is aggravated, abusive, or wrongful sexual contact, or attempts to commit these acts.

Military rape and sexual abuse can occur in several different settings. Often, rape and sexual abuse can occur between soldiers in the same branch of service either during education ...

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