Assembly: The Global Statistics of Military Sexual Assault

Srimayi L -

Hello everyone! As I am finishing with collecting the most recent statistics available regarding military sexual assault, I will now present parts of the process and data from my research.

Firstly, as I looked for statistics, I searched for 2023 reports specifically as a means of getting the most recent data available for the countries. As of now, the documents that I found all pertain to the years close to 2020 and are relevant to the current time, so we’re looking at a time range of 2018 to 2023. When finding the rates, I included military sexual assault and harassment together into my data as they are closely related to each other as military sexual trauma. Also, for countries I couldn’t directly find rates for, I found their total military personnel number for that year to develop a rate with the number of reports from that country.

In the case of the countries, the western countries’ military sexual assault rates have been primarily accessible through official reports and studies. The main issue I have run into is with the eastern countries. The data I could acquire for these countries is either unaccessible or limited in information about the topic. For this reason, I am still in my pursuit to gather data for the eastern countries and ideally have an even number with the western countries. However, if these statistics cannot be found, I plan to use that aspect to show a particular view that these countries and cultures have towards the issue of military sexual assault, so data can still be taken from the lack of reported rates.

My next course of action is to examine the various factors that play a role in the incidence and prevalence of military sexual assault and find trends among the data which will be focused on in my next post.

Thanks for reading, and see you next week!

– Srimayi

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    camillebennett
    Hi Srimayi, it sounds like you are making headway with your data. I am interested in what data, though limited, is available on the eastern countries. Do you notice any trends in what is being reported, and what is not?
    aanand_m
    Hi Srimayi - as someone who was initially not too informed on the topic you're studying, I'm very excited to see what you find regarding the differences in cultures. I was wondering if you had any hypotheses regarding what differences you expect to see between Eastern and Western, and if you expect to see anything amongst any specific country's culture?
    Srimayi Lakkireddy
    Hi Aanand, thanks for the interest in my project! The hypothesis that I have is that the eastern countries would have lower reporting rates of military sexual assault than the western countries and therefore the resulting mental health effects would be more prominent for military personnel in these eastern countries. Also, I was looking at the eastern and western cultures as groups rather than separate nations, so I was expecting a trend amongst each group rather than within a specific country's culture.
    Srimayi Lakkireddy
    Hi Ms. Bennett! Within the eastern countries that I have chosen to look at, I have found a mental health study on the military in India and a South Korean report that discussed female military sexual assault. Both of these sources were limited but still useful to my overall project. I was able to find the reports for Israel and Taiwan through news articles and translated the official reports from Japan. There was an article that was about North Korean military sexual assault, but after trying to access it again, I found that it had been removed and is no longer accessible. Amongst the data available though, there were definitely much lower reporting rates for the eastern countries compared to the rates from the western countries.

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