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For Love of Country : Confronting Rape and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military

For Love of Country : Confronting Rape and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0789012227

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ISBN13: 978-0789012227
ISBN10: 0789012227
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Haworth Press, Inc.
Published: 2002
International: No

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For Love of Country : Confronting Rape and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0789012227

Terri Spahr Nelson

ISBN13: 978-0789012227
ISBN10: 0789012227
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Haworth Press, Inc.

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

This incisive book offers a unique perspective on rape and sexual harassment in the United States military. Drawn from the experiences of military personnel and presented in their own words, For Love of Country: Confronting Rape and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military takes an honest and heartfelt look at a pervasive problem. Service veterans speak candidly about a breakdown of values and leadership failure which has perpetrated a culture of abuse. Male and female rape victims reflect on their efforts to serve their country with honor.

Author Terri Spahr Nelson, a decorated United States Army veteran and psychotherapist specializing in sexual trauma recovery, has mixed a compelling chorus of hundreds of personal accounts into a single voice calling for reform. She presents emotional retellings from victims of rape and sexual harassment, with responses from military and congressional leaders. Ms. Nelson offers statistics released from the Pentagon about sexual assault reports, convictions, and the General Accounting Office, and current field research.

For Love of Country: Confronting Rape and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military presents:

  • personal accounts from survivors
  • unique, inside perspectives from military personnel and veterans
  • commentary from military and congressional leaders
  • Pentagon statistics on sexual assault with conviction and sentencing rates
  • findings and recommendations from the Department of Defense
  • clinical information on issues facing military trauma survivors

For Love of Country: Confronting Rape and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military serves as a one-of-a-kind resource for professionals, an educational must for military personnel, and a compelling eye-opener to anyone concerned with the preservation of integrity and honor in the United States armed services.

Table of Contents

Part I: An Introduction to the Problem of Rape and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military
Chapter 1. We Have Met the Enemy and the Enemy Is Us

What Became of Honor?
Codes of Honor and Silence
Times Have Changed Us
The Trauma of Rape for Service Members
A Personal Account of Abuse in the Army

Chapter 2. The Weakest Link Exposed

The Crisis Surfaces
International Cases of Violence
Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Times of War
Cases Involving High-Ranking Military Leaders
Admitting the Problem Exists
A Personal Account of Harassment in the Navy

Chapter 3. The Truth About Sexual Harassment, Rape, and Sexual Offenders

Understanding Sexual Harassment
Rape
Sexual Offenders
A Personal Account of Harassment in the Air Force

Part II: How the Military Responds to Sexual Harassment and Rape
Chapter 4. Assessing the Problem

Number of Cases Reported
Conviction Rates and Sentencing
Cases Examples and Outcomes
A Personal Account of Abuse by a Command Sergeant Major

Chapter 5. Inside the Military: Reflections from Women Who Have Been There

Women in the Military
Perspectives on Sexual Harassment and Rape in the Military
Ongoing Dilemmas
The Link Between Racial Discrimination and Abuse
Obstacles Facing Victims of Abuse
Repercussions After Reporting

Chapter 6. Positive and Negative Responses to Abuse

Personal Perspectives
Positive and Favorable Responses
Negative and Unfavorable Responses
A Personal Account of Rape That Resulted in Pregnancy

Part III: The Aftereffects of Rape, Sexual Harassment, and Abuse of Power
Chapter 7. Power Failure: The Breakdown of Authority

Leadership and Command Response
Law Enforcement and Investigative Practices
Reactions of Helping Professionals
The Military's Response to Sexual Offenders
The Case Against Sergeant Major McKinney
The ''Rape Allegation Checklist''

Chapter 8. The High Price of Sexual Harassment and Rape

Financial Costs
Loss of Personnel
The Lasting Emotional Effects for Victims and Their Families
Rape and Harassment at the Military Academies

Part IV: Confronting the Problem
Chapter 9. Suggestions for Victims and for the Military from Survivors of Abuse

Report the Abuse
Take Action on Your Own Behalf
Reach Out for Help
Be Responsive to Victims
Separate the Victim and the Offender
Offer Confidential Counseling
Further Suggestions for the Military on Repairing the Damage
Moving Forward, Lest History Repeats Itself
Power Failure Exemplified: The Death of a Soldier

Chapter 10. In Conclusion

A Model of Leadership
Defining Traits of Effective Military Leaders
A Leadership Dilemma: The Drill Sergeant
Confronting the Enemy Within
A Final Note
References
Index

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