Sexual Assault and the Military Petri Dish
Joint Force Quarterly, vol. 74, no. 3, pp. 91-97 (2014)
7 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2014
Date Written: March 18, 2014
The military is held to a higher standard in preventing sexual assault and in victim care, but it also has the resources and autonomy to institute change in depth. Its centralized control, remoteness from its parent culture, and ability to act quickly combine with the fact that the public often regards it as a medium of social experimentation to make it a natural leader in promoting fairness. It is comparatively free from political manipulation and trends, yet it has commonalities with civilian universities and other populations. Recent allegations are attention the military may not want, but it is in a position, through the confluence of forces and its identity and resources, to solve a problem for itself and wider society.
Keywords: Military, Sexual Assault, Uniform Code of Military Justice, Legal Reform
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