Incidents spotlight violence against women in military
The abuse of women, including sexual assault and harassment, is a serious problem in the US military.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, thousands of military personnel experience some form of sexual violence each year, including rape, sexual assault, and sexual assault, while actively serving their country.
The U.S. Department of Defense received a total of 7,816 reports of sexual harassment in fiscal 2020. Of these, 6,290 included allegations by service members reporting incidents that occurred during military service, according to the department.
According to one, military women are particularly vulnerable to abuse due to their geographic isolation from family and friends. Futures Without Violence fact sheet.
A number of recent events have drawn attention to the violence suffered by women while serving in the US military.
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In the case of Denisa Montgomery, her family is looking for answers after she says she was killed while serving her country abroad,
Montgomery, 27, was assigned to the 139th Military Police Company based in Wiesbaden, Germany, when, according to her family, she no longer felt safe with her comrades.
In a 12-minute video call, he documented his unit’s abuses to a military police group.
A few days later, Montgomery was found dead in his barracks.
Fort Hood Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen, 20, was found dead in June 2020. She was sexually assaulted and her body was brutally mutilated at the hands of a fellow soldier.
Guillen’s case has attracted national attention and activists have expressed outrage at the military’s lack of response to his first disappearance.
Many military personnel claim that the disciplinary system is broken and that the military has failed to protect them.
When it comes to prosecuting thousands of cases of military sexual assault and related crimes every year, defenders have been calling for commanders to be excluded from decision-making for years.
Guillen’s case has exerted intense pressure on the military to change its ways. But it wasn’t until January 2022 that President Joe Biden signed an executive order making sexual harassment a crime in the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Under an executive order, military personnel who are victims of sexual assault or harassment can report the incident to a third party rather than on their own order.
After an investigation, the military disciplined more than a dozen officers from Guillen’s case, and Congressional hearings were conducted primarily focused on criminal investigation matters in the military.
The incidents listed include countless others, as cases of assault in the military often go unreported for fear of reprisals and further abuse.