Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military
The Battle within America's Armed Forces
by Rosemarie Skaine
December 2015, 218pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3378-6
$85, £66, 74€, A117
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Only a tiny fraction of all the sexual assaults in the U.S. military are investigated.

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
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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