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Subject:  Re: Sexual assault stats in the military Date:  6/28/2013  9:46 AM
Author:  RPMick Number:  37497 of 38444

Statistics don't tell this story in the most accurate form.

The 26K number comes from an anonymous survey where the umbrella ranged from forceable rape to unwanted contact and incidental contact. If asked the question; in the last year, has a male made an attempt to willfully make contact with my buttocks without my explicit consent? I may answer yes as I reflected upon a hard fought rebound and subsequent put back for two points during a pickup basketball game. In no way have experienced any form of trauma or feel as though I require counseling in order to continue to fulfill my duties as a result of that exchange, however, my response may have been considered unwanted sexual contact and counted towards the 26K reports within the sexual assault survey. This is something that has been identified by the HASC and more clear data is being sought in future iterations of surveys.

In no way do I intend to minimize the impact of legitimate sexual assaults in the military, but using that 26K number as the mark, I feel, is a bit of a stretch. That based on my first hand, yet utterly unscientific experiences.

These headlines are too often being supported by one, two, or ten of the worst cases imaginable and painting a picture of military life which is just not a true representation of service our country.

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