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Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2015 Jul;17(7):54. doi: 10.1007/s11920-015-0596-7.

Sexual assault in the military.

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School of Social Work, Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, University of Southern California, 1150 South Olive, Suite 1400, Los Angeles, CA, 90015-2211, USA,


Military sexual assault is a pervasive problem throughout the military services, despite numerous initiatives to end it. No doubt the military's lack of progress stems from the complexity of sexual assaults, yet in order to develop effective strategies and programs to end sexual assault, deep understanding and appreciation of these complexities are needed. In this paper, we describe the root causes and numerous myths surrounding sexual assault, the military cultural factors that may unintentionally contribute to sexual assault, and the uncomfortable issues surrounding sexual assault that are often ignored (such as the prevalence of male sexual assault within the military). We conclude by offering a broad, yet comprehensive set of recommendations that considers all of these factors for developing effective strategies and programs for ending sexual assault within in the military.

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