I’ll be posting more about this in the new year, but for now, this is an important article. If you haven’t seen it, you should read it.
Really, think about this – 1 in 4 women experienced sexual harassment or assault while in the military…and I would bet it was more than 1 in 4 – it just depends on the perspective and amount of self-awareness of the women taking the survey. Truly. I’m also not sure that gender matters when talking about the sexual harassment or assault. Women and men are both subjected to it…just sayin’.
A recent VA survey found that 1 in 4 women said they experienced sexual harassment or assault. And the problem is growing more pressing because female veterans represent the military’s fastest-growing population, with an estimated 2.2 million, or 10 percent, of the country’s veterans. More than 280,000 female veterans have returned home from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sexual assault in the military
About two weeks ago, when Atwood-Bell checked the department’s Web site, as she does every day, she was stunned to discover that the agency had accepted her claim for compensation.
“It’s taken over 20 years, and that should’ve never happened,” said Atwood-Bell, who retired as a sergeant first class and lives in New Hampshire, her voice cracking with emotion.