A total of 3,192 sexual assaults were reported in 2011 involving military personnel as victims or subjects according to the 2011 Department of Defense Sexual Assault Report released earlier this month:
“Sexual assault has no place in this department. It is an affront to the basic American values we defend, and to the good honor of our service members and their families,” said Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta.
A Free Film Screening
“Uniform Betrayal Rape in the Military,” a HealthyState.org documentary, is scheduled for a free showing open to the public on Monday, Tampa April 23, 2012, at 11 a.m. It will be followed by a panel discussion at the WUSF TV studios, 4202 E. Fowler Ave, and appearances by the filmmakers, Jennifer Molina and Sarah Pusateri.
Surviving Sexual Assault
“That night, my whole world turned upside down,” said Airman Samantha Smith, a sexual assault survivor in the Air Force. Smith has started her journey on the road of recovery. She told her story to the Air Force Military news.
“My friend made me call the sexual assault response coordinator line,” she said. “I was so afraid I would get in trouble for underage drinking. I used to think the SARC would record what you say and tell your commander, first sergeant and supervisors. I was wrong.”
The VA has programs to help veterans deal with military sexual trauma. Hear the stories of those who found the courage to seek help through the VA Making the Connection:
Dignity, Respect and Advocacy
Six men and women were recognized by the Department of Defense for their ongoing battle against sexual assault in the military and work to prevent the crime through education.
The sexual assault response coordinators where honored for their advocacy and the dignity and respect shown victims.
Theywere recognized at a ceremony. They are: Army Master Sgt. William A. Downey, Navy civilian Julia G. Powell, Marine Corps civilian Latricia Kamins, Air Force Capt. Terri L. Zuber, Coast Guard civilian Magnus John Graham, and Army Maj. Alisa M. Englert with the Colorado National Guard’s joint headquarters.
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