- Posted May 6, 2014 by
New York, New York
Women Under Fire
“Because they are protected and promoted by military leadership and permitted to continue their heinous behavior unchecked while women who are sexually assaulted by them are ostracized, isolated, shamed, humiliated and often lose their health and military careers,” says Sarah L. Blum ARNP and author of the book Women Under Fire: Abuse in the Military. She told me that 95% of the rapes and sexual assaults in the military are perpetrated by repeat offenders and serial rapists.
Blum describes an attitude of entitlement among men in the military who treat women as government property for them to do with as they please, knowing their commanders will cover for their behavior. “Not so different from the young athletes who raped a 16 year old in Steubenville, OH and knew their coach would protect them from having to be accountable,” said Blum.
She went on to say there is a new report that shows one in five college women are sexually assaulted and there is an epidemic on college campuses as there is in our military. The report recommended students report their sexual assault to a trained confidential victim advocate rather than to school officials because 95% are not reported at all. Similarly in the military, Blum states that women will not report to the chain of command because they are the ones who either are the rapists or the ones who cover for them.
Decorated nurse Vietnam veteran exposes the failure of military leadership in her book Women under Fire: Abuse in the Military.
Sarah L. Blum is a candid professional with facts, figures and 40 years of hands-on expertise. Her passionate voice is much needed to speak out against the culture of abuse in America’s armed forces.