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The Military Cover Up Essay

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“The most shocking cover up in the United States Military is not what you would expect (The Invisible War),” reports of sexual assaults over all branches of the military have tremendously increase every since women have been allow to take part of the military. According to the Secretary of Defense, over 500,000 male and female soldiers have suffered of sexual abuse from senior peers and commanders. During the past years, many women reported a variety of cases of sexual abuse. Sadly, the victims were only ignored, blamed and punished for the events. Sexual assaults are considered a scandalous subject which our military has decided to avoid, but by doing so, the number of rapes has increase even faster. Rape is a repetitive criminal; and as every day goes by, the number of cases continues to accumulate. Honor, courage, respect, loyalty, and integrity are the great pillars of the military which many men and women worked hard to forged, but as the unfairness and inequality continues to grow the pillars are starting to collapse. Due to the immorality and wrongness in the military, women should reconsider the sexual threats and consequences before taking part of the military.
“Preventing Sexual Assault Is Everyone's Duty!” a phrase by one of the many posters by the Sexual Assault Coordinator Response (SACR) at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base , caught the view of female armed forces veteran and battalion commander in the Ohio National Guard, Jennifer Stephens. Preventing sexual assault is indeed everyone's duty, however, the SACR poster is only directed towards one group of people: women. In accordance with Stephens, the poster is followed by the phrase “Avoid Becoming a Victim” and a to do list, which only blames women for the assaults. Once women fail to follow the list they are responsible for the consequences; but women are not failing to follow the list, the military is acting against them to fail the list.
For instance, Katherine Brown, a pseudonym for a victim whom suffered sexual abuse while serving in the infantry and preferred to keep her name anonymously, failed to follow the list. At the ripe age of 17, right after her early graduation from high school, and after having completed two semesters of college, Brown decided to join the US Army. Although she did not have any skills besides her cheer leading training, she forged her way through basic training. Once given her two weeks for the Christmas Exodus (military term for Christmas brake for all recruits who are in basic training) she went home, but decided to return early, ahead of her squad. "When I arrived on base, I was told by the staff duty officer that I was the only female there, and that the only place for me would be in the male barracks or a hotel" trying to keep herself safe, Brown decided to stay in a hotel; to which a NCO (Non-commissioned officer) escorted her to. After Brown arrived and registered, the NCO walked her to her room; who demanded a reward for his...

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