A recent Pentagon survey about sexual assaults in the military has produced some surprising results. According to the survey, more male service members have been sexually assaulted than female service members.
When the Defense Department revealed that 26,000 service members were victims of sexual assault in the 2012 fiscal year, most assumed that the majority of the victims were women. The Pentagon’s survey indicates that 14,000 of the victims were male and 12,000 were female.
“It appears that the DOD has serious problems with male-on-male sexual assaults that men are not reporting and the Pentagon doesn’t want to talk about,” said Elaine Donnelly, the head of the Center for Military Readiness. She noted that only two percent of men are sexually assaulted by women, The Washington Times reported.
“The [Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Office] continues to focus its attention on women who experience abuse but don’t report it, overlooking the far greater numbers of men who, according to the survey, are experiencing abuse but not reporting it,” Donnelly said. “If the Pentagon considers the survey results a credible reflection of hidden reality, they must also concede that there are more men than women who are being sexually assaulted.
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Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said the Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Office “recognizes the challenges male survivors face and has reached out to organizations supporting male survivors for assistance and information to help inform our way ahead.”
Smith continued: “A focus of our prevention efforts over the next several months is specifically geared toward male survivors and will include why male survivors report at much lower rates than female survivors, and determining the unique support and assistance male survivors need.”