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Service, Not Subservience: The U.S. Military’s Sexual-Violence Problem

Eryn Sepp reports for The Daily Beast:

There is a persistent problem of institutionalized sexual violence in the military that involves much more than a perpetrator-victim dynamic. The military’s intensely hierarchical structure is necessary for order and discipline, but it also gives superiors a degree of control unlike almost any other organization. It provides ample opportunity for the strong to prey on subordinates through the “break and build” mentality—a frequently employed training strategy that some superiors have taken too far.

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