Monday, January 30, 2012
Women in the Battlefield and the Barracks: A Five-Part Series on Two War Fronts for Women Soldiers
Women in the Battlefield and the Barracks: A Five-Part Series on Two War Fronts for Women Soldiers: "The first decade of the 21st century was a record one for women serving in the US military: Women constituted 14 percent of all active duty military (over 200,000), with one in ten serving in the Middle East and 17 percent in the National Guard. Women soldiers in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, though barred from ground combat, have worked in as dangerous situations as men. These same women have found themselves, concurrently, the target of sexual assault by “brothers in arms” at nearly twice the rate of US society. Military sexual trauma is so severe that it is more likely to cause post-traumatic stress disorder in women than combat trauma and civilian sexual trauma - because of military culture....."