Recent attention has been paid to the 19,000 sexual assaults that are perpetrated in the U.S. military each year. I wanted to see how that compared to info on total combat casualties and the total number of women in the military.
While there are 19,000 sexual assaults a year, there have been 5,281 U.S. combat deaths in the combined “War on Terror” in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2001 to the present. In total, there are 214,098 women on active duty in all branches of the military.
The human and material costs of war are incredibly high and the gains, when all sides are taken into account, are quite minimal or nonexistent. The gendered nature of violence is just one of many that reasons that, as a feminist, I think we should carefully scrutinize the use, and even the existence, of military force.