Sexual assault within the military continues to receive increasing attention. While sexual assault happens to both men and women in the military, little is known about the impact of sexual assault on men. During the 2017 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Summit, Ms. Cynthia LeardMann, a senior epidemiologist, presented findings focused on sexual assault and sexual harassment pulled from the Millennium Cohort Study.
Servicemen and Sexual Assault
The number of servicemen affected by unwanted sexual contact is similar to that of servicewomen. Between 2015 and 2016, there were approximately10,000 reported incidences of sexual assault of men and approximately 13,000 reported incidences of women. Despite these numbers, most research has focused on the impact of sexual assault on women.
“There’s a gap in the literature regarding men and sexual assault,” LeardMann said. “We wanted to look at the full impact of sexual harassment and sexual assault with regards to men serving in the military.”