Most Victims of Military Sex Assault: Men
Key fact is still overlooked by many
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2013 1:08 PM CDT
An Army soldier stands at attention during a deployment and flag casing ceremony, Friday, March 30, 2012 at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – The sexual assault epidemic plaguing the military is getting quite a bit of attention—but what's not getting much attention is the fact that 53% of all sexual assault cases last year involved male victims, the New York Times reports. "It’s easy for some people to single out women and say: 'There’s a small percentage of the force having this problem,'" says one soldier who was raped by a superior. "No one wants to admit this problem affects everyone." Most attacks involve hazing or bullying, and have more to do with "humiliation or torture," a prosecutor explains.

Of course, since women represent just 15% of the armed forces, they are much more likely to be sexually assaulted than men are. Women also file the majority of formal complaints—because, says one expert, "Men tend to feel a great deal of shame, embarrassment, and fear that others will respond negatively." Prior to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, some male victims tell the Times, they were also concerned they might be discharged even for non-consensual sexual contact with another man. The Defense Department is aiming to change things, planning ways to encourage men to report sexual assault. “I think the attention to this issue is absolutely needed,” says one victim. “But it’s a little bit late."

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Jun 25, 2013 9:08 PM CDT
A man , very close to me has been tortured his whole life because of this very thing. He's in his 70's now, went to the navy as a young, very young, innocent man and was raped by superiors, not officers, but superiors. When he fought back he was put in the brig over and over, and was finally dishonorably discharged. No one in his family or friends ever knew the whole story. It's a tragedy, it needs to stop,
Jun 25, 2013 12:18 AM CDT
I realize from reading many posts listed here that people are making a mockery of this situation, This problem of being raped by Officers in the military has been going on since 1975, and this I know for a fact. Back in that era a male serviceman would not dare to mention this attack on their person. And who exactly do you think you are going to report this incident to anyway? An officers word against an enlisted person, have any idea how this would turn out? This would not turn out well I can guarantee you. All an officer has to do is leave a paper trail on what a screw up this serviceman has become. and this will automatically make any complaint seam like he is looking for sympathy or an excuse to get out of work detail or whatever. The U.S.S.Forrestal Aircraft carrier had many incidents that occurred just like this situation. Especially in 1978 in the weapons department.
Jun 24, 2013 11:31 PM CDT
A few cases of the assualtee settling up with the assaulter during the next round of live fire exercises might possibly reduce these attacks..............