Good Order, Discipline, and Military Sexual Assault

Olivia N. Johnson


Sexual assault has permeated military ranks for decades, and yet, remains largely unaddressed. Military rank and structure often make it difficult for victims to seek justice, especially when their abusers often outrank them. Military culture in part has allowed such criminal activity to continue, by providing a safe haven for perpetrators, and a punitive barrier for victims. In order to address the issue of military sexual assault, a multidimensional approach must be taken. The development of training and education programs, along with disciplinary and punitive policies for violators will help reduce sexual assaults in the military by making it clear that this behavior is criminal and will not be tolerated, regardless of rank.

Keywords: Military, military sexual assault, sex scandals, sexual assault, trauma

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