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according to the results of a confidential survey sent by the pentagon this may to 108,000 active duty service members, there were 26,000 cases of sexual assault in the military in 2012, though only 3,400 (13%) were reported. of the 3,400 cases reported, findings show 62% suffered retaliation, while the primary reason given by the 22,500 who did not report was fear of retaliation and a lack of trust in the chain of command.

a female soldiers is more likely to be raped by a fellow officer than she is to be wounded in the field of battle (as either a medic, military police officer, intelligence officer, or helicopter pilot attached, but not formally assigned, to a battalion). the american journal of industry medicine reports that about one in three servicewoman experience rape.

in the military, “they would see you as [either] a bitch, a slut or a dyke,” says cecilia sequeira, a model marine who retired with the rank of sergeant.

photos: (above) by umit bektas in pul-e alam, eastern afghanistan, november 28, 2011 and (bellow) by erik de castro of sgt jessica corona in kandahar city, southern afghanistan, october 12, 2012.

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