Making a claim that accuses a colleague or superior of harassment or assault may be daunting for a Texas service person. Military men and women may have questions regarding how to report sexual assault, and they may have fears of retaliation if they make the decision to speak out. A recent report outlined a potential problem that exists among those who do make a claim and the possible retaliation with which they could be forced to deal.
Statistics show that close to 62 percent of military victims who have reported sexual abuse have suffered retaliation as a result. According to the study completed in the military workplace, over half of all women who made a report were retaliated against in some way from their peers socially, and over a third were formally reprimanded by superiors for their claims. The defense authorization act underwent reforms last year that made retaliation against victims a crime.
Different options may exist for a military professional who has suffered retaliation after reporting sexual abuse or harassment. He or she has the right to make a report to a person in his or her chain of command or a response coordinator who may not be a part of his or her unit. A victim may also decide to submit an equal opportunity report as a whistleblower. In serious circumstances, some people may feel it important to seek a protective order or request a transfer for safety.
Some professionals believe that additional action should be taken to protect victims from suffering additional harassment or damages after reporting a workplace problem. A service person stationed in Texas may wish to understand his or her rights if he or she experiences retaliation for being the victim of sexual misconduct. A person may choose to seek help with understanding his or her rights while navigating through the difficult situation and attempting to end the problem.
Source: defenseone.com, "Retaliation Against Victims of Military Sexual Assault Still Persists", Molly O'Toole, Dec. 1, 2014