Members of the American armed forces are not only assaulting the Taliban and al-Qaeda, but, apparently, they are assaulting one another back on base. Reported sexual assaults involving service members –both as victims and perpetrators–rose 11% in the last year. Ironically, Pentagon sources welcome the rise because it indicates victims are now more prone to report what occurred rather than remain silent out of fear telling will damage their military career. Kaye Whitley, who works with the Pentagon sexual abuse prevention program, argues, “increasing reporting has been one of our key goals.”
When victims come forth it ensures that something can be changed. In the case of sexual assault, silence is NOT golden.