Here are the reasons that I say that the military has a rape culture. It stands apart from what individual people or groups may be doing to the contrary.

"At least 25% of women in the US military are raped — that’s 1 in 4, a significantly higher number than the already incredibly high 1 in 6 in the general population. More than 80% are sexually harassed. These are the numbers that the Pentagon self-reports, so their validity is not in question. It doesn’t matter very much what the ethos of an individual is if the culture of the group/society is dysfunctional. The US military undoubtedly has many honorable men in it, but the fact of the matter is, the overall culture of the military is about violent domination. So much so that, according to the Pentagon, 38 men are also raped every day.

Despite years of concerted efforts to get sexual assault and harassment under control in the military, the Pentagon reported that numbers actually increased by a staggering 38% between 2016 and 2018. Better education and awareness, and even increasing penalties for sexual misconduct have had no effect because the underlying issue isn’t being addressed. If you have a culture of violent domination, that is what will take place within it. The fact the most of the men who are in the military do not assault or harass makes no difference whatsoever. It demonstrably does not override the culture and the facts speak for themselves about that."

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