Military sexual violence is a term that encompasses any type of unwanted sexual act that is carried out by a member of the United States military towards another member of the military service, dependent, federal employee, or civilian. “Unwanted sexual acts” include rape, sexual harassment, groping, stalking, or the distribution or creation of any type of reproduction of a sexual act without the consent of the persons involved.
In the Armed Forces, around 80% are men and there are many men who do not believe that women belong to the Army. Data shows that more than 60% of men and women who report a sexual assault in the military may face retaliation. That retaliation is usually the end of a career. One in three women who report a sexual assault in the military are forced to leave their career within a year of reporting
After the murder of soldier Vanessa Guillen last year, the White House ordered an investigation into sexual abuse in the Army and this year, President Joe Biden created an independent commission that he gave 90 days to propose changes. within the armed forces.
The disappearance and death of soldier Guillén has become a focal point for the issue of sexual harassment, abuse and assault in the military. The Guillén family’s efforts to find her garnered the attention of politicians, celebrities and ordinary citizens, prompting many revelations from current and former soldiers about their experiences as victims and the military’s failure to adequately address these issues. This is a good thing. At a time when the Black Lives Matter movement has become mainstream, the Hispanic community across the country has embraced Private Guillen as their own, demanding justice for her. Again, this is a good thing. Like George Floyd, Private Guillen was from Houston, and Houston too has stood up and demanded justice for her just as she did for him a month earlier.
Those few minutes of abuse can turn out to be the most significant in the life of the person who was abused. They are the minutes that change the physical, the mind and the feelings with a single act that the abused did not have planned, yes, there are more important things, however, the victim is not aware of this because only the fact will be in her mind that she was attacked in three or more ways in her life. The victim may have friends who may move away depending on the circumstances that are being experienced. And one of the things that causes me the most noise is that they comment that it is something that over time will be forgotten just like that, as if it were a school issue. The victim can overcome what happened, but not forget it completely with the beautiful things in life.