RUSI JournalVOLUME 168ISSUE 5

Servicewomen’s Experiences of the Aftermath of Sexual Assault in the British Military


The experiences of victim-survivors indicate that the military often inadequately addresses the harms caused by sexual assault. Generated by AI. Courtesy of Olena Panasovska / Adobe Stock


Trauma-informed research into military sexual violence and the shortcomings in.

Harriet Gray, Nicola Lester and Emma Norton present the first peer-reviewed, empirical academic study that explores servicewomen’s lived experiences of sexual assault, and its aftermath, in the British military. They argue that responses to sexual violence within the military space are often shaped by gendered military culture and by the prioritisation of institutional needs over individual wellbeing and, moreover, that this can be experienced as a form of institutional betrayal. In response to these findings, the authors call for a much broader reckoning with the British military’s problem with sexual violence that goes far beyond present reforms to its criminal justice system.

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