Hardly a day goes by without some story in which American female soldiers report being abused by their male comrades in arms. A new Pentagon health survey conducted in 2011 reports that one out of five military women report being victims of unwanted sexual contact. The highest rate of sexual abuse was in the Marine Corps where nearly 30% of women said they suffered from unwanted sexual attention from males. An earlier study in 2008 revealed the same percent of women being abused. According to General Gary Patton, “sexual assault is a persistent problem in the military.”
There is something baffling when such a high percent of female members of the military are assaulted, not by the enemy, but by their fellow soldiers. It leaves one wondering about the mentality of those going into combat by initially attacking comrades!