Added: July 4, 2015 – Last updated: July 4, 2015


Author: Alexandra Lohman

Title: Silence of the Lambs

Subtitle: Giving Voice to the Problem of Rape and Sexual Assault in the United States Armed Forces

Journal: Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy

Volume: 10

Issue: 1

Year: Spring 2015

Pages: 230-279

ISSN: 1557-2447 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Types: Workplace Sexual Violence / Sexual Violence in the Military


Link: HeinOnline (Restricted Access)

Link: Northwestern University School of Law Scholarly Commons (Free Access)



  Introduction: Sexual Violence, a Feature of Military Service (p. 231)
  I. The History of Commanded Silence in the American Armed Forces (p. 239)
    A. An Aberdeen, Too: Previous Scandals in the Military (p. 239)
    B. Seeking Justice: Rape and Assault in the Military Courts (p. 241)
    C. Statutory Interpretation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) Definition of Rape (p. 243)
    D. The "Blissful" Ignorance of the Bureaucracy: Responses of Military Leadership and the Federal Government (p. 247)
      1. Beyond Reporting Reform (p. 249)
      2. Congressional "Outcries" (p. 251)
  II. The Current Rampage of Rape (p. 255)
    A. Beyond the Assault: Consequences & Current Calls for Action (p. 255)
    B. The New Gender Panic: Prompting New Resolutions for Reform (p. 259)
      1. Consent Standards and Methods of Reporting Consent Standards (p. 259)
      2. Removing Commander Discretion (p. 261)
      3. Reforming the UCMJ (p. 263)
  III. Giving Voice to Silenced Claims (p. 264)
    A. Hurdles to adjudication: Unit and Administrative Bias (p. 264)
      1. Unit Retaliation (p. 264)
      2. Administrative Bias (p. 265)
    B. Necessary Steps: Protection for Victims who Report (p. 269)
    C. Modeling after 10 U.S.C. §1034: Subordination and Retaliation (p. 272)
  IV. ALARM: Advancing the Lackland Anti-Sexual Violence Rights Model (p. 273)
  Conclusion: Sounding the Alarm (p. 279)

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