Impact of Gender on Reactions to Military Sexual Assault and Harassment

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Title of Article: Impact of Gender on Reactions to Military Sexual Assault and Harassment Date of article: February 2014 Author(s): Margret E. Bell, Jessica A. Turchik, Julie A. Karpenko Source (Please attach copy of article): Bell, M., Turchik, J., & Karpenko, J. (2014). Impact of Gender on Reactions to Military Sexual Assault and Harassment. Health & Social Work, 39(1), 25-33. ARTICLE SUMMARY: Social Workers have a need to advance an understanding of working with veterans especially women affected by the concerns of sexual assault and harassment. The authors reviewed and referenced studies such as from the Department of Defense displays women in the military had more experience with sexual assault than men in their military…show more content…
Women are at risk of gaining weight and other eating disorder behaviors in utilizing the control of their bodies. The authors emphasized of the review articles for social workers to address the issues to ensure greater care for veteran survivors of unwelcome sexual experiences in the military. Important Points Made by Author(s): 1. It’s important to know the conflict aspects of sexual assault and harassment to enhance our understanding of ourselves and the world. 2. Survivors and victims of the military unfortunately don’t have the knowledge or the maximum support to counteract the obstacles transpires in the battlefield and society. Women do have the most barriers of obtaining support and treatment than their male counterparts after suffering the traumatic experience of underserving sexual assault and harassment. 3. In the positive note, social workers are one of major sources of providing support and resources to aid the needs of veteran survivor’s recovery after transitioning the life of military to civilian. Important New Vocabulary or Terminology: Intimacy – a personal loving relationship with another individual or group such as family and friends. Questions to Consider: I question why the military have failed to provide more services and not ensuring a friendly comfort environment for women to report their sexual and harassment confrontation. I also question that more researchers including veteran social

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