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Women & the Military. Clicker Question Do you know someone who has served in the United States Armed Forces? 1.No 2.Yes, myself 3.Yes, my spouse/significant.

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1 Women & the Military

2 Clicker Question Do you know someone who has served in the United States Armed Forces? 1.No 2.Yes, myself 3.Yes, my spouse/significant other 4.Yes, a parent/Step-Parent 5.Yes, a sibling/step-sibling 6.Yes, an aunt, uncle, or cousin 7.Yes, a Grandparent/Step-Grandparent 8.Yes, someone else (a friend, classmate, coworker, etc.) 9.Yes, Some combination of the above.

3 Combating a Different Enemy: Proposals to Change the Culture of Sexual Assault in the Military More likely to be raped by a fellow member than killed by enemy fire. Women veterans who are raped are nine times more likely to develop PTSD than other military women Although Additional protections have been put into place the number of sexual assaults continues to climb.

4 Clicker Question Does it surprise you that the usual assailant in a military sexual assault case is lower ranking, young, and male? (As Cited in the Army Times Article) 1.No 2.Yes 1.If so, Why?

5 “Combating A Different Enemy” Continued… 2,908 rapes were reported in An increase of 5% over the previous year. Disagreement as to the meaning. Only 38% of the cases went to court martial. Clicker Question Does increased reporting mean an increase in assaults or more confidence in the system? 1.Increase in Assaults 2.More confidence/greater reporting 3.Unsure

6 “Combating A Different Enemy” Continued… The Military’s “Culture of Domination and Denigration” Teaches that “to degrade is to be female” Degradation + Domination + Power= A conducive environment? Clicker Question Does the Masculine culture of the military contribute to sexual assault? 1.Yes 2.No

7 “Combating A Different Enemy” Continued… How to Change the Culture 1.Give validity to female service members and allow them to change the culture. 2.Empower military women to defend the nation. 3.Addressing the problem of male victims of sexual assault.

8 Discussion Question What special problems do male service members who are victims of sexual assault face? Within the Military? In the Civilian World?

9 Discussion Question In CPT Megan Schmid’s Law Review article, she suggests that the current DoD efforts to reduce sexual assault are unlikely to work because of the underlying culture of the military. After seeing the Army’s S.H.A.R.P. Program Materials, which is the most progressive within the armed forces: 1.what do you think the program gets right? 2.Where does it miss the point?

10 Clicker Question Should Congress lift the combat restriction on women? 1.Yes, without conditions 2.Yes, but with some Caveats 3.No Why?

11 Clicker Question Should special units (like “Boot Camp” Training Units) be segregated along gender lines? 1.Yes, unconditionally 2.Yes, for certain units/situations 3.No Why?

12 Clicker Question Some politicians and political thinkers/pundits have suggested that after the repeal of DADT, Troops that are uncomfortable with sharing quarters with gay/lesbian soldiers be allowed to move rooms. Do you agree? 1.Yes 2.No Under what circumstances is moving room reasonable?

13 Clicker Question Do the lessened physical fitness standards result in a “Gender Line” that female service members are unlikely to be able to cross? I.E. Does the acknowledgement of biological differences have a detrimental effect on women in the armed forces? 1.Yes 2.No 3.Maybe in some units/situations

14 Clicker Question Do you think that military women have special difficulty in reporting sexual assault or sexual harassment? 1.Yes 2.No Why or Why Not?

15 Discussion Question what special factors do you think contribute to the low conviction rates in military sexual assault cases? I.e. How is different from the factors that lead to low conviction rates in Civilian sexual assault cases?


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