Added: January 2, 2016 – Last updated: November 4, 2017


Author: Kristen Zaleski

Title: The Military Rape Subculture Hypothesis

Subtitle: -

In: Understanding and Treating Military Sexual Trauma

Edited by: Kristen Zaleski

Place: Cham

Publisher: Springer

Year: 2015

Pages: 17-35

Series: Focus on Sexuality Research

ISBN-13: 9783319166063 (print) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9783319166070 (online) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | American History: U.S. History | Types: Workplace Sexual Violence / Sexual Violence in the Military; Victims: Mental Consequences / Trauma



Google Books (Limited Preview)

SpringerLink (Restricted Access)


Author: Kristen Zaleski, School of Social Work, University of Southern CaliforniaResearchGate

Abstract: »The following chapter will outline the political climate that has surrounded military sexual assault since the 1980s and the “episodic amnesia” and “attitudinal virus” that the military unwillingly participates in around the issue of military sexual trauma. The chapter explores the culture of the military, and the author hypothesizes a “military rape subculture” that exists within the more dominant military structure. Theories of aggressive masculinity, military law, military training academies, and the concept of the “military family” can create a subculture of rapists within the ranks and how the military culture consistently fails to protect those that are victimized.« (Source: Springer)


  2.1 Military Rape Politics (p. 18)
  2.2 How Military Culture Creates a Military Rape Subculture (p. 20)
  2.3 Military Training Academies (p. 21)
  2.4 Military Familiy (p. 22)
  2.5 Aggressive Masculinity (p. 24)
  2.6 How Military Law Shapes Military Culture (p. 28)
  2.7 The Consequence of a Military Rape Subculture (p. 29)
  2.8 Summary (p. 31)
  References (p. 32)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of the United States / History of the United States (1991–2008), History of the United States (2008–present) | Rape in the United States: Sexual assault in the United States military | Trauma: Psychological trauma / Military sexual trauma