The sexual assault epidemic in the U.S. military

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The United States military is something we can all be proud of.  The combined forces of our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard is the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen.

But our military is hurting right now.  Suicides are at an all time high for soldiers returning from fighting abroad in Afghanistan and Iraq.  And another ugly statistic is the amount of sexual assaults taking place: women in the military have a 1 in 5 chance of being sexually assaulted.  1 in 5!  The statistics are staggering.

It is estimated that around 20,000 sexual assaults against women happen each year in the United States military but only around 3,000 of those are processed.  Of the 3,000 processed, approximately 20% of those are taken to trial.  Of the 600 or so taken to trial, only 96 perpetrators were court martialed!

20,000 women sexually assaulted in our U.S. military a year and less than 100 of the convicted lose their rank.  We should all be proud of the United States military, but dramatic changes need to take place to protect the women fighting for our freedom.  They fight for us, we need to fight for them.