I have just now received an email from Mic Hunter announcing a new book of his entitled Honor Betrayed: Sexual Abuse in America's Military, published by Barricade Books.
You will probably know Mic from his classic work Abused Boys. This new book promises to be an important contribution too. Here is the publisher's write-up:
"Over the years the media has continued to report on sexual abuse scandals in the military; whether at West Point, Tailhook, or the Air Force Academy the stories are the same - discrimination, harassment, even rape. Military and civilian leaders respond that the claims are exaggerated or merely the result of "a few bad apples." Although investigations are held and policies issued, little significant change to the culture of the military takes place. Dr. Hunter goes behind the headlines to examine the underlying factors that, not only contribute to, but actually encourage, sexual abuse in the military. Honor Betrayed examines how traditional military training leads to the creation of an environment hostile to men perceived to be homosexual and to all women. Honor Betrayed includes numerous first-person accounts of American servicewomen and men who were sexually abused by their comrades, including one woman's case that was heard before the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Hunter describes how wide spread sexual abuse contributed to the recent prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq. Honor Betrayed does more than identify the problem. Hunter provides specific actions the military can take to reduce the incidence of sexual abuse and thereby improve the mission readiness and effectiveness of the armed forces to face the challenges of the 21st century."
The book is enthusiastically endorsed by several leading authorities and I know it will be welcomed by all of us here, especially by those of you who were abused in the military.
We hope to have the book up in the bookstore by tomorrow, and please, if you are interested in a copy, it does help us if you buy through our bookstore link to Amazon.
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