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Honor Betrayed: Sexual Abuse in America's Military 1st Edition

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Illuminating a problem U.S. armed services still try to hide, Hunter shows that women and homosexuals in all four services risk sexual harassment and attack from their comrades. Reasons for this include many recruits' belief that being in the military proves "manhood"; the hierarchical system allowing the higher ranked to get away with abusing the lower ranked; the unwillingness of the lower ranked to get involved when a comrade is abused lest they suffer something similar; the unwillingness of the higher ranked to interfere with the system; and the custom of denying and covering up potential scandal. Hunter points out that actual abusers are a minority, but their influence is disproportionate because of the expectation that one will "bend and spread 'em" for one's superiors. Also, officers in policy-making ranks cannot conceive of or won't take effective action, despite the low morale abuse generates and the need for effective, well-disciplined troops. Hunter's abused interviewees talked to him because he isn't a veteran and so, they thought, would believe them and not cover up their stories. Murray, Frieda

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books; 1 edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569803250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569803257
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Over his long career Dr. Mic Hunter has held licenses as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Psychologist, and a Marriage and Family Therapist. He has been sought out by the print and broadcast media for interviews over 150 times including Oprah, CNN, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He has spoken throughout North America to professional audiences and the general public over 300 times. He has presented at the meetings of the American Association Of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex, the American Psychological Association, and Male Survivor. He has been invited to give eight keynote addresses. He has served as a reviewer for The Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, The Journal of Men's Studies, The Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Violence Against Women. He is a recipient of the Fay Honey Knopp Memorial Award, given by the National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization, "For recognition of his contributions to the field of male sexual victimization treatment and knowledge." In 2007 the Board of Directors of Male Survivor announced the creation of The Mic Hunter Award For Research Advances. Dr. Hunter, for whom the award was named, became the first recipient. It was given to him for his "ceaseless pursuit of knowledge about male sexual abuse in all its occurrences, of the eloquent dissemination of new knowledge in this area, and of the stimulation for further study and concern about revealing, treating and preventing male sexual abuse." In addition to articles, Mic is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books including Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse, Back To The Source: The Spiritual Principles Of Jesus, Conscious Contact: The 12 Steps As Prayer, Honor Betrayed: Sexual Abuse In America's Military, The Ethical Use of Touch in Psychotherapy,Child Victims & Perpetrators Of Sexual Abuse, Adult Survivors Of Sexual Abuse: Treatment Innovations.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Karen Franklin on May 18, 2007
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This is a timely topic. Despite publicized campaigns against sexual assault in the military, the problem is not going away. Women soldiers are especially in danger in Iraq. Commanders routinely warn them not to visit the latrine without another woman for protection; three women who died from dehydration had reportedly stopped drinking fluids in the afternoons out of fear of being raped while walking to the latrine. As a young female soldier who carried a knife for protection from fellow soldiers told an interviewer: "There are only three kinds of female the men let you be in the military: a bitch, a ho or a dyke.... In Vietnam they had prostitutes to keep them from going crazy, but they don't have those in Iraq. So they have women soldiers instead." (The full article is available at Salon's website.)

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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gary R. Schoener on May 27, 2007
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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.
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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, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment within the U.S. military. In his book, Dr. Hunter covers many topics related to these issues, including hypermasculinity; hazing; homophobia; gender and status bias; sexism; aggression; misogyny toward women and homosexuals; domestic violence; and use of and even staging of prostitution in the military. Overall difficulties and rejections experienced by veterans in seeking support, therapy, and aid from Veteran's Administration hospitals in treating post-traumatic stress disorder or other anxiety disorders as a result of sexual trauma experienced in the military are also presented.

Dr. Hunter has so extensively researched and written on the topics of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and sexual assault within America's military that I can hardly begin to incorporate all of his topics in my review of his book, though I will make my best attempt at doing so. My best suggestion is to read his book since every page - page after page - is chock full of relevant, honest, direct information to his work. For readers who may be unsure or doubtful as to the great extent of sex crimes that occur in America's military, Dr. Hunter's book can be a shocking and/or painful eye-opener to the truth of what occurs. Dr. Hunter directly, professionally, and expertly deals with all of the issues presented, not treating the issue lightly, nor with kid gloves.

As I began reading Dr.
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