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Honor Betrayed: Sexual Abuse in America's Military 1st Edition
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In this volume, Mic Hunter has synopsized an impressive volume of research literature spanning many decades on the topics of rape, sexual harassment, hazing, homophobia, hypermasculinity, domestic violence, and their interconnections. The book offers a helpful introduction to readers who are ignorant about these topics. Unfortunately, Dr. Hunter's treatment of the current situation in the U.S. military is poorly grounded, offering a simplistic analysis and broad generalities. He often lumps together all time periods and all branches of the military. More seriously, he fails to address recent efforts to curtail military sexual assault. What are these efforts? Are they having any positive impact? Are they mere window dressing? Dr. Hunter is silent on these questions. Nor does he seem aware of some of the practical limitations inherent in efforts to court martial suspected sexual abusers.Read more ›
This is an extraordinary book. The topic itself is taboo. Dr. Hunter's examination of it is broad, thorough, and covers a great range of topics, from incentives for enlisting to domestic violence in military families (five times higher than civilian settings), domestic killings, the role and treatment of women in today's military, homophobia, sexual harassment, sexual assault, military leadership, etc.
While mostly focused on the US military it does discuss some issues with Canadian military and presents some research on the military of other countries.
Dr. Hunter takes you inside traditions and practices which may be unfamiliar and shocking. No holds are bared when he examines military slang, most of which cannot be repeated here because of vulgarity. Even having treated veterans for many years, I was not prepared for some of this content.
This book confronts a great many myths with research data. Dr. Hunter notes that even the Pentagon acknowledges that many male veterans acknowledge having been sexually assaulted by their comrades in arms - and also notes that contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of such male victims are heterosexual. A full 28% of female veterans who were surveyed reported that they had been assaulted while serving their country. Dr. Hunter reviews data and dozens of case examples - some well-known cases, and some which did not receive much publicity.
The issues of hazing and indoctrination are extremely shocking.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I work with survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST) through the Veteran's Administration in Salt Lake City Utah and I have found this book extreamly helpful in understanding the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Breeze M. Hannaford
great book a must read. This does happen America, do not just turn the other cheek VA. A shame on Americas armed forces.Published on April 22, 2014 by Dr. Chuck Stevens
The book gives a very good insight on the military sexual assault. Men and women are being raped daily in the military and the chain of command is doing nothing about it. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Jodi
It's hard to accept this author as an accredited academic when he misspells Court "Marshal." Cannot imagine that this was professionally edited.Published on September 29, 2012 by K. Black
What about straight men? I belonged to a group of straight men that were sexualy assaulted or raped in the military? All these books talk about women and homosexuals. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by mead101
I think that this book was interesting. It also referred to other books I have read on the subject of military matters, and to others I would like to read. Read morePublished on August 19, 2012 by Terry Jackson
In "Honor Betrayed: Sexual Abuse in America's Military," Dr. Mic Hunter provides extensive information, citations, and experiences of some of his clients related to sexual assault,... Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by Michele
Honor Betrayed is quite an informative book, but also a bit of a difficult read. It is not difficult because of the "taboo" subject, rather, because of the wealth of information... Read morePublished on August 15, 2009 by gdcleanfun