Perhaps this information should be required reading for those young women
contemplating joining the military.
I sat on several administrative boards for this type of conduct in the 1980-90s
but supposedly consentual military members of both genders and the same gender
where the one in power was in pursuit. Even at that time the military
didn't do the things in the court process as they should have. Then a year
or two later, the Navy's tailhook debacle happened in Las Vegas and brought
discredit on military officers for their conduct with subordinates. In the Department of Defense they hire and promote for the males and females
with certain qualities. This is a sad but continuing story.
Obviously, men do not agree with women being in the military or this would not
be happening. I have personally come into contact with women who have been
sexually assaulted while serving this country and most of them come back and end
up rejected by their families and eventually they become homeless because they
are unable to hold down jobs or be consistent with anything. It is like they are
in a permanent state of shock. These women are unable to get the help they need
when they get back because in order to get disability pay you must have a
medical history. So, if the abuse was never reported and they return home and
try to pick up their lives and can't, there is no money available to them
until they can provide at least a year long history of mental illness. Then it
can still be one or two years after that before they see any money. It is
disgraceful how this country treats veterans who suffer from mental illness.
Next time you see a bunch of homeless people keep in mind that those people
fought for you and now they need your help.
Seeing the one comment, it reminds me of the women in countries in Africa that
are tossed around from one military dictatorship or rebellion to another. They
too are rejected by their families after being raped by the conquerors. I am
sure it is not confined to Africa by the various regimes but happens in other
areas that are plagued by that mentality.