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Effect of Hegemonic Masculinities on the Endemic of Sexual Misconduct in the United States Army
The U.S. Army has more resources available than ever to prevent sexual harassment and assault, yet the cancer of sexual assault and harassment continues to erode trust and cohesion within the ranks. The preponderance of offenders of sexual harassment and assault within the US Army are men, yet very few studies explore the relationship between masculine attitudes and belief systems and the occurrence of sexual assault and harassment in US Army organizational culture. This study explores the influence of the characteristics of hegemonic masculinity on patterns of sexual harassment and assault within US Army organizational culture. The case study of the Fort Hood Independent Review Report was analyzed to examine this relationship. The major finding of this research indicates that there is a potential link between the characteristics of hegemonic masculinity and behaviors in the US Army that contribute to a culture permissive of sexual harassment and assault. Further research is required to prove a definitive link between hegemonic masculinity and other ideologies that may contribute to patterns of sexual assault and harassment within the US Army.
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