More military men are coming forward about sexual assault, according to a new report.
Around 10,000 men in the armed services have reported being sexually assaulted while in service on a yearly basis, painting a dark picture of life in military service.
While the media and society often focus on women, men also suffer greatly while serving their country.
According to the New York Times, high-ranking officials were reportedly surprised by the statistics.
“That was surprising to senior leadership,” said Nathan W. Galbreath, deputy director of the Defense Department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.. “Everyone was so sure the problem was a women’s issue.”
Men are less likely to report sexual assault, and often the crimes go undetected for some time before they are brought out in the open.
A report published in May revealed that, despite higher reporting rates by male victims, four out of five decline to report sexual assault while in service.
In response to the rise in reports, the Department of Veterans Affairs has also stepped up to help veterans who failed to report the sexual assaults during their time of service, creating a new window of opportunity for many to seek help.
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