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Violence Against Women In The Military

The number of women in all military services has increased dramatically in recent years. Their ranks could increase further if a draft is instituted and women could be called for duty. Today, the appearance of women in combat situations is no longer an unusual occurrence. Yet despite their invaluable contributions to our nation's military capabilities, discrimination and violent acts against women persist. These acts often begin in basic training and can even continue through post service years in Veterans Administration facilities.

While the services have taken action to reduce the threats to women service members, the problem hasn't gone away. As reported in VA Research Currents, Oct. 2004, of 520 women service veterans who took part in a recent Veterans Administration study, 4 out of every 10 said they were either raped or assaulted during their terms of service. Women considering military service should carefully investigate service life before enlisting.