One In Four Women Sent To Iraq And Afghanistan Report Being Sexually Assaulted
And half say they’ve been sexually harassed.
The study — based on anonymous surveys of female servicemembers who deployed to war — suggest a far higher prevalence of sexual misconduct against women in war zones than is reflected by complaints gathered by the various service branches.
In February, more than 20,000 women were serving in Afghanistan. In the preceding year, only 115 reports were filed alleging sexual assault, according to the Pentagon.
The findings show that there are traumatic strains beyond combat when troops go to war, said Amy Street, a lead researcher, clinical psychologist and a deputy director at one of VA’s National Centers for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorders) in Boston.
Rep. Jackie Speier of CA, an advocate for investigating these cases, says women have no “safe haven” in war zones.