Military sexual assaults

Analyzing Defense Department data, The Sun found that when male service members report a sexual assault, military authorities are less likely to identify a suspect, to refer charges to court-martial or to discharge the alleged perpetrator than in cases in which the victim is a woman.
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Male victims and other critics blamed those differences on a military culture they say has been slow to recognize the possibility that men can be raped &mdash; and that remains hostile to victims.
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Because male service members greatly outnumber females, officials believe the majority of sexual assault victims in the military are men. These men -- an estimated 13,900 last year alone -- are far less likely than women to report an attack. Only 13 percent of reports last year were filed by men, military data show.

( Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun / October 9, 2013 )

Analyzing Defense Department data, The Sun found that when male service members report a sexual assault, military authorities are less likely to identify a suspect, to refer charges to court-martial or to discharge the alleged perpetrator than in cases in which the victim is a woman.

Male victims and other critics blamed those differences on a military culture they say has been slow to recognize the possibility that men can be raped — and that remains hostile to victims.

Because male service members greatly outnumber females, officials believe the majority of sexual assault victims in the military are men. These men -- an estimated 13,900 last year alone -- are far less likely than women to report an attack. Only 13 percent of reports last year were filed by men, military data show.

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