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The Hidden Truth: Women Raped in the Military.
During World War II, over 200,000 Japanese women and teenage girls were forced into prostitution by their own countries military to provide and give the soldiers “comfort”, which to put in to simpler terms they were downright raped. As an American woman I find this incident in history mortifying and wrong, as should all Americans. We have been taught over and over again that rape and sexual assault is wrong and how it will not be tolerated in the United States of America. Gender inequality over the last few decades has started to shift, including the ability for women to join the military. Not only are women now going to war to help fight for peace, but they are also, just like any man, fighting for their country and their rights. So why is it that rape and sexual assault is overlooked in war, but is a crime in the U.S.? Women are dying more from dehydration, because of the fear of being raped at night when they have to go the bathroom than they are in enemy lines. Rape against women in the military has now become an epidemic.
There are now more than 200,000 women serving in the U.S. military, and out of those women over 55% claimed to have been raped or sexually assaulted by their male comrades in the military. Though rape and sexual assault has always been around in the military, it is growing increasingly fast in war zones such as Iraq. Some researchers believe this number to be so high because of all the stress and low morale affecting the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is easy for a person to understand that the stress must be exceedingly high in war zones, but that is no excuse for these male soldiers to violate and in some cases destroy a woman’s life because they need comfort or an outlet. For centuries a woman has been seen as a sex symbol instead of an intelligent and independent human being, and some of that is to blame on women because they have allowed it to happen and promoted it. I...