Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military

The Battle within America's Armed Forces

by Rosemarie Skaine


Only a tiny fraction of all the sexual assaults in the U.S. military are investigated.

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December 2015


Pages 218
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Security Studies/General
  Current Events and Issues/Law and Crime

This book provides an in-depth analysis of sexual assault in the military from historical and contemporary perspectives, offering suggestions that could change the existing culture and approaches that will reduce or eliminate sexual assault in the armed forces.

Sexual assault has been an aspect of the U.S. military historically and is today widely recognized as a significant problem with far-reaching repercussions. How does sexual assault negatively impact not only the victims themselves but also the U.S. military's strength, readiness, and morale? This book answers these questions and documents the problems with reporting and prosecuting sexual assault complaints within our armed forces, examines the current policy and laws to identify what changes are needed, and analyzes recent efforts to prevent sexual assault.

Author Rosemarie Skaine introduces the subject with a historical perspective that covers women, men, gays and lesbians, and non-military personnel as the subjects of sexual assault and provides readers with clear definitions of sexual harassment and sexual assault. The chapters explain how sexual assault negatively affects the military's performance as a whole, thereby serving to undermine national security; and covers preventative approaches and legislation intended to change the current military culture. The book also includes a bibliography, tables of key figures, and footnotes and endnotes that fully document the data presented.


  • Provides fact-based analyses of one of the most pressing issues facing today's U.S. military that will aid informed policy guidance for policymakers in the military as well as those in higher education—another institution grappling with the challenges of eradicating sexual assault
  • Written by a noted author on topics regarding issues surrounding women who serve in today's military
  • Presents input from military contributors who add credibility and invaluable insight into the problem of sexual assault within the U.S. military
Series Description

Praeger Security International

As the world gets "smaller" through technology and globalization, the security risks we face grow and multiply.

International security in the 21st century is not a topic that can be adequately addressed in nightly news soundbites or online articles intended to be relevant for 24 hours or less. Comprehending these complex issues requires insight from foreign policy specialists, diplomats, military officials, peace scholars, historians, and security experts—participants and observers on all sides of each conflict. This series provides the tools for understanding security issues in our uncertain, unstable world.

Written by subject experts and well-known researchers, the books in the Praeger Security International series give readers access to carefully considered and highly informed viewpoints on the critical security issues that threaten to destabilize our world. With titles authored by diplomats, first responders, economists, journalists, civil servants, military leaders and combatants, legal experts, psychologists, and other knowledgeable specialists, these books offer in-depth reflections, thorough analysis, and international perspectives that are unavailable in mass media. These titles represent an invaluable resource for students and researchers as well as anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the complex issues that affect our lives and future.


  • Provides reliable, comprehensive information on all matters relating to security that is ideal for students, teachers, researchers, and professionals
  • Offers insightful commentaries written by a diverse group of scholars and experts who provide interdisciplinary treatments of newsworthy events and important historical occurrences
Author Info

Rosemarie Skaine is an author and sociologist whose published works include Praeger's Suicide Warfare: Culture, the Military, and the Individual as a Weapon; ABC-CLIO's Women in Combat: A Reference Handbook; and Women at War: Gender Issues of Americans in Combat. In 2013, Skaine presented the keynote speech "Suicide Warfare and Violence against Women" for the interactive dialogue panel, "Dying to Kill: The Allure of Female Suicide Bombers," at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 57: Elimination and Prevention of All Forms of Violence against Women and Girls. Skaine earned her master's degree in sociology at the University of Northern Iowa.

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