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Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military: Top-Line Estimates for Active-Duty Service Members from the 2014 RAND Military Workplace Study

National Defense Research Institute, Andrew R. Morral, Kristie L. Gore, Terry L. Schell, Lisa H. Jaycox, Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar, Coreen Farris, Robin Beckman, Barbara Bicksler, Q Burkhart, Jennifer Hawes-Dawson, Marc N. Elliott, Caroline Batka, Jeffrey Hiday, Dean Kilpatrick, Stephan Kistler, Craig Martin, Amy Grace Peele, Amy Street, Terri Tanielian, Mark E. Totten and Kayla M. Williams. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2014.

This Rand study explored sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender discrimination among US military personnel. They explored how stigma impacted reporting rates and individuals’ willingness and ability to access support.

  • – Estimated 26 Percent of Active-Duty Women and 7 Percent of Active-Duty Men Experienced Sexual Harassment or Gender Discrimination in the Past Year
  • – 4.9 percent of active-duty women and 1 percent of active-duty men experienced one or more sexual assaults in the previous year

Read report here. 

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The stigma of mental health problems and other barriers to care in the UK Armed Forces

Iversen, A. C., van Staden, L., Hughes, J. H., Greenberg, N., Hotopf, M., Rona, R. J. & Fear, N. T. (2011). BMC health services research, 11(1), 31.

Despite recent efforts to de-stigmatize mental disorders in the military, anticipated stigma and practical barriers to consulting stand in the way of access to care for some Service personnel. Read article here.

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Do stigma and other perceived barriers to mental health care differ across Armed Forces?

Gould, M., Adler, A., Zamorski, M., Castro, C., Hanily, N., Steele, N. & Greenberg, N. (2010). Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 103(4), 148-156.
Barriers to care continue to be a major issue for service personnel within Western military forces. Although there are policy, procedural and cultural differences between Armed Forces, the nations studied appear to share some similarities in terms of perceived stigma and barriers to psychological care. Further research to understand reporting patterns and subgroup differences is proposed. Read article here.

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