Sexual Safety of Women in the Military Reserve: Perceptions of Threats and Support

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/303876
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Sexual Safety of Women in the Military Reserve: Perceptions of Threats and Support
Author(s):
Arndt, Roxanne M.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Delta Appha
Author Details:
Roxanne M. Arndt, PhD, armynurse1989@gmail.com
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore perceptions reserve military women have about threats to their sexual safety and the support that they perceive is available to them should they choose to report to a sexual assault or harassment �

Methods: Descriptive phenomenology provided the philosophical underpinning for this study.� Military women represent a group at risk for victimization during their service. Sexual violence within the ranks of the military is a systemic problem. Personal safety is a significant occupational health issue for women in the military. Participants were United States Military women from a variety of military ranks with varied experiences throughout their careers� (n=16). Data was collected using digitally recorded semi-structured interviews. Data was analyzed using Colazzi�s six-step method of data analysis. �

Results: The overarching theme for the study was: military environments differ from civilian environments resulting in military women experiencing a greater sense of risk to their sexual safety and finding it more difficult to get support when they are assaulted or harassed. Four themes supported the overarching theme, military women are vulnerable, men may not follow civilian rules of behavior, the military handles�complaints of harassment and sexual assault differently than the civilian work�environment, and leaders may be barriers to women experiencing support. Each theme had one or more subthemes.��

Conclusion: Study findings identify that women do not feel safe in many situations and they do not feel that military does much to address those feelings. Women also feel that their male counterparts sometimes do not treat them equal and with respect. The current way sexual assault and harassment is handled by the military, victims lack trust in the system which prevents the victims from seeking support.

Keywords:
sexual assault; sexual harassment; TYPE NEW KEYWORD HERE
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleSexual Safety of Women in the Military Reserve: Perceptions of Threats and Supporten_GB
dc.contributor.authorArndt, Roxanne M.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentDelta Apphaen_GB
dc.author.detailsRoxanne M. Arndt, PhD, armynurse1989@gmail.comen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/303876-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013, Wednesday, July 24, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b>The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore perceptions reserve military women have about threats to their sexual safety and the support that they perceive is available to them should they choose to report to a sexual assault or harassment � <p><b>Methods: </b>Descriptive phenomenology provided the philosophical underpinning for this study.� Military women represent a group at risk for victimization during their service. Sexual violence within the ranks of the military is a systemic problem. Personal safety is a significant occupational health issue for women in the military. Participants were United States Military women from a variety of military ranks with varied experiences throughout their careers� <i>(n=16)</i>. Data was collected using digitally recorded semi-structured interviews. Data was analyzed using Colazzi�s six-step method of data analysis. � <p><b>Results: </b>The overarching theme for the study was: <i>military environments differ from civilian environments resulting in military women experiencing a greater sense of risk to their sexual safety and finding it more difficult to get support when they are assaulted or harassed. </i>Four themes supported the overarching theme, <i>military women are vulnerable, men may not follow civilian rules of behavior, the military handles�</i><i>complaints of harassment and sexual assault differently than the civilian work�</i><i>environment, and leaders may be barriers to women experiencing support.</i> Each theme had one or more subthemes.�� <p><b>Conclusion: </b>Study findings identify that women do not feel safe in many situations and they do not feel that military does much to address those feelings. Women also feel that their male counterparts sometimes do not treat them equal and with respect. The current way sexual assault and harassment is handled by the military, victims lack trust in the system which prevents the victims from seeking support.en_GB
dc.subjectsexual assaulten_GB
dc.subjectsexual harassmenten_GB
dc.subjectTYPE NEW KEYWORD HEREen_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:24:57Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:24:57Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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