As Congress and the Division of Protection debate learn how to tackle the continuing scourge of sexual assault and harassment within the navy, a examine on the Military launched Friday discovered that age, expertise and the place troopers are based mostly strongly correlate to each offenses.
Ladies at Fort Hood specifically — the place an Military specialist was killed by another soldier final yr — have a far greater threat of sexual assault at that base in Texas than the typical girl within the Military in response to the brand new examine, performed by the RAND Arroyo Center, a federally funded analysis group.
Utilizing gender and office knowledge, researchers discovered that the whole sexual assault threat to Military girls at Fort Hood throughout 2018 was 8.4 p.c, in contrast with a 5.8 p.c threat for all girls within the Military.
The researchers additionally discovered that for each women and men, youthful age was related to elevated threat for sexual assault, as have been low schooling ranges and junior rank. Fort Hood and Fort Bliss — one other set up in Texas with above-average charges of assault — have massive numbers of junior rating, younger troopers. Additional, for each women and men, longer deployments on antiterrorism missions additionally led to greater threat for sexual assault and harassment.
The brand new findings recommend that “there are location-specific considerations that require focused interventions into local weather and tradition and would require further analysis to grasp,” Dr. Jenna Newman, a social science adviser on the heart and the Military’s mission lead for the examine, mentioned in a information launch.
Sexual harassment is extra frequent than sexual assault within the Military, the authors discovered, however the threat of sexual harassment is extremely correlated with the danger of sexual assault, one thing different analysis has additionally recommended.
A invoice sponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, would take away navy commanders from a task in prosecuting service members for sexual assault, which she and her supporters within the Senate argue would result in elevated prosecutions and deterrence. On the identical time, a panel appointed by Protection Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III made a similar recommendation and was anticipated to launch its remaining findings within the coming weeks.