Number of the Day

[Trigger warning for sexual violence.]

18.9: The percentage of female airmen (nice term, btw) who report having been sexually assaulted since joining the Air Force.
It is one of the most comprehensive studies undertaken by the US military to assess sexual assaults within its ranks, and could become a model for how the military as a whole begins to address the problem, defense officials say.

While the data suggest the sexual-assault rate in the Air Force is roughly equal to what it is in the broader civilian population, the survey – obtained exclusively by the Monitor – points to unique challenges presented by the culture of the service. The vast majority of crimes are committed by male arimen on female airmen, and nearly half of rape victims said they did not report the crime because they "did not want to cause trouble in their unit."
For that reason, among others (e.g. it was a superior officer who committed the crime), there may be statistically significant under-reportage, which means the actual percentage of women who have been sexually assaulted in the Air Force is even higher. (See also.)

[Previously on rape in the US military.]

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