Since 2013, together with our partner the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN), we have been working to combat sexual assault in the U.S. military and see that survivors are supported when they seek justice.
Women are already an integral part of the U.S. military and have served their country since the American Revolution. They make up more than 14% of the U.S. Armed Services and more than 280,000 have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recent developments mean that even more women are likely to take part in the future.
Despite rhetoric to the contrary, ending sexual assault is clearly not “mission critical” within the U.S. Military.
However, the military is often a dangerous place to be a woman. Despite claims of “zero tolerance”, sexual assault, harassment and discrimination are widespread and exacerbated by policies and practices that “victim-blame” and often fail to penalize perpetrators.