More than 100,000 men have been sexually assaulted in the U.S. Armed Forces in recent decades. Shame and stigma kept the vast majority from coming forward to report the attacks. For decades, the fallout from the vast majority of male sexual assaults in uniform was silence: Silence of victims too humiliated to report the crime, silence of authorities unequipped to pursue it, silence of commands that believed no problem existed, and silence of families too ashamed to protest.
On average, about 10,000 men are sexually assaulted in the American military each year, according to Pentagon statistics. Four out of five still do not report the attack. Overwhelmingly, the victims are young and low ranking. Many struggle afterward, are kicked out of the military and have trouble finding their footing in civilian life.