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Does Combat Increase the Risk of Sexual Assault A Brief Appraisal

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Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning Quantico United States

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Problem Variable Definitions of Sexual Assault and Combat In this study of females across the services, the authors did not define sexual assault for the participants, ii leaving it to self interpretation. They also considered participants to have experienced combat if they had exposure to one or more of the following six combat experiences witnessing death witnessing physical abuse dead andor decomposing bodies maimed soldiers or civilians or prisoners of war, or refugees. iii Though these experiences are possibly traumatic, they are not all specific to combat. Participants could witness death and physical abuse stateside, for example, yet nondeployed military members either did not receive these questions or their data were not reported. Definitions of combat experiences also did not include the historical characterization of experiencing enemy fire, capture, or non-fatal personal contact with the enemy.

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  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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