As Congress and the Division of Protection debate easy methods to tackle the continued scourge of sexual assault and harassment within the army, a examine on the Military launched Friday discovered that age, expertise and the place troopers are based mostly strongly correlate to each offenses.
Ladies at Fort Hood specifically — the place an Military specialist was killed by one other soldier final 12 months — have a far greater danger of sexual assault at that base in Texas than the common lady within the Military in keeping with the brand new examine, performed by the RAND Arroyo Heart, a federally funded analysis group.
Utilizing gender and office knowledge, researchers discovered that the entire sexual assault danger to Military girls at Fort Hood throughout 2018 was 8.4 p.c, in contrast with a 5.8 p.c danger for all girls within the Military.
The researchers additionally discovered that for each women and men, youthful age was related to elevated danger for sexual assault, as had been low training ranges and junior rank. Fort Hood and Fort Bliss — one other set up in Texas with above-average charges of assault — have massive numbers of junior rating, younger troopers. Additional, for each women and men, longer deployments on antiterrorism missions additionally led to greater danger for sexual assault and harassment.
The brand new findings recommend that “there are location-specific considerations that require focused interventions into local weather and tradition and would require extra analysis to know,” Dr. Jenna Newman, a social science adviser on the heart and the Military’s undertaking lead for the examine, stated in a information launch.
Sexual harassment is extra frequent than sexual assault within the Military, the authors discovered, however the danger of sexual harassment is extremely correlated with the danger of sexual assault, one thing different analysis has additionally instructed.
A invoice sponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, would take away army commanders from a task in prosecuting service members for sexual assault, which she and her supporters within the Senate argue would result in elevated prosecutions and deterrence. On the identical time, a panel appointed by Protection Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III made an analogous suggestion and was anticipated to launch its ultimate findings within the coming weeks.