Anne Coughlin

To Stop Sexual Assault Against Women in the US Military, Add More Women

CO-AUTHORS Ellen L. Haring
PUBLISHER
Christian Science Monitor
DATE
2013-06-24
 

Abstract

Last week, the US military services announced their plans to integrate women in combat specialties. Although it may sound counterintuitive, the full integration of women in the armed forces – in all roles, at all levels, and in far greater numbers – will do more to stop sexual assault against them than any other measure.

It will help more, for instance, than creating a new cadre of lawyers (called “special victims counsels”) to assist service members who say they are victims of sexual assault – a program now underway in the Air Force. It will help more than reforming the prosecution of sexual misconduct cases so that victims do not fear reprisal from commanders – an issue the Senate Armed Services Committee has grappled with.

Citation

Anne M. Coughlin & Ellen L. Haring, To Stop Sexual Assault Against Women in the US Military, Add More Women, Christian Science Monitor (June 24, 2013).
 

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