New Report Reveals Military Has Been Slow To Address Male Sexual Assaults

A report released by the Government Accountability Office on March 19 showed that although the Department of Defense has taken … Continued

A report released by the Government Accountability Office on March 19 showed that although the Department of Defense has taken steps to address sexual assaults in general, there has been little concerted effort to address sexual assaults involving male victims.

The report cited that roughly 3,200 male service members reported sexual assault during fiscal years 2008 through 2014, but Stars and Stripes reported that the number may be much higher. A Rand Corp. survey last year estimated 9,000 to 13,000 active-duty men were sexually assaulted during the year prior to the survey.

Specifically, the report attributes low male sexual assault reporting to “myths of male strength and sexuality, which lead many to believe that ‘real’ men do not get raped and that males raped by another man must be homosexual.”

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