Addressing military sexual trauma in a "culture of impunity"
- Addressing military sexual trauma in a "culture ...
According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, about a quarter of women seen at VA hospitals have experienced military sexual trauma (MST). MST is a term that includes both physical and emotional sexual abuse. And the Department of Defense says only about 10% of sexual assaults in the military are ever even reported. KALW reporters Martina Castro and Rashida Harmon teamed up with Holly Kernan to look into the issue of military sexual trauma – and Tracy’s story.
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Women now make up about 15% of the armed forces and serve in almost all facets of military life. This includes serving in combat zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq. With so many women on active duty, an underreported phenomenon is becoming increasingly common...
WENDY BARRANCO: My first experience with sexual harassment was with my recruiter…
NATHAN PELD: There was a young girl who I went to nuke school with who was working in our divisional office...
BARRANCO: Through that whole deployment I was harassed like every single day, I dreaded every day I went to work…
PELD: And she had a direct superior come in, and they had talked for a while, just genuine conversation, and then he dropped his pants and exposed himself to her…
BARRANCO: And I never reported it because it was just – I knew command wasn't going to do anything about it so there was no point…
PELD: When this reached the se...
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