Sexual assaults in the military undergo a lengthy process of reporting before perpetrators can be punished. Faced with the mountains of red tape that must be cut through to bring justice to their offenders, many victims decide not to report the assaults at all. Victims are afraid to confront their situation, fearing that the revelation of their case will affect their role in the military.
Even more problematic is that the victim must report it in their chain of command – which can pose hardships for the victim, Capt. Lory Manning explains in an article for PBS titled “Emails shed new light on military sexual assault case.”