Tags: MidPoint | Meghan Rhoad | military | sexual assault victims | retaliation

Expert: Revenge Against Military Sex Assault Victims Continues

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 06:44 PM

Despite a number of reforms that have been implemented, sexual assault victims in the military continue to face retaliation if they report the alleged crime, according to Meghan Rhoad of Human Rights Watch.

"There has been a lot of talk and there has been a number of reforms, but we were startled to find out that this issue of retaliation continues to plague the military," Rhoad told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Thursday.

Story continues below video.


Note: Watch Newsmax TV now on DIRECTV Ch. 349, DISH Ch. 223 and Verizon FiOS Ch. 115. Get Newsmax TV on your cable system Click Here Now

"In fact, the brave young men and women who go forward and say that this happened to them, that they were assaulted by someone else in the ranks, who try and help the military ferret out these perpetrators, that they face retaliation for doing so," she explained.

Human Rights Watch issued a report this month detailing the retaliation that the group says still takes place against sexual assault victims in the military.

Rhoad said, "Once someone reports it, they're seen as an outsider, as a troublemaker, as someone who is eroding the unit cohesion, when in fact actually they've done the brave thing and come forward."

The women's rights researcher at Human Rights Watch said that "if you come forward and report a sexual assault, you're 12 times more likely to face retaliation than you are to see your perpetrator convicted."

While there are supposed to be protections for alleged sexual assault victims, these protections are not being implemented.

"The exclusive remedy for someone who faces professional retaliation for reporting is the Office of Inspector General and protection under the Military Whistleblower Protection Act, yet we found evidence that not a single victim of sexual assault has gotten protection under that act," Rhoad told Newsmax.

"There's quite a bit that needs to be done to strengthen the system in terms of reporting and in terms of protecting those after they have come forward and reported," she added.

And she explained that this is not just a problem for women who are in the military, but for men as well.

"In fact more than half of the victims are men," Rhoad says. "Women suffer sexual violence at a higher rate than men, but because men make up a disproportionate number of those serving in the military, they actually do constitute the majority of victims."

According to a RAND survey, the number of sexual assaults in the military has fallen over the last two years, and there has been an increase in people reporting the alleged crime.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
Newsmax-Tv
Despite a number of reforms that have been implemented, sexual assault victims in the military continue to face retaliation if they report the alleged crime, according to Meghan Rhoad of Human Rights Watch.
Meghan Rhoad, military, sexual assault victims, retaliation
442
2015-44-28
Thursday, 28 May 2015 06:44 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved