We’re surprised, right?

Newly released data from the Department of Defense shows female sailors are at the highest risk of sexual assault, compared to women serving in the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. The risk is highest on U.S. Navy ships, including on a majority of the nation’s aircraft carriers, the data shows.

In other news the military seems safer for women than college campuses…..

18 thoughts on “We’re surprised, right?”

  1. Navy ships crew at sea for six months and no off-base R&R avilable – sex will happen

    Most on Nimitz’s; surprised – No

    ~5,000 on each, nobody knows everyone.

  2. @Pcar

    I suspect there is a critical population – and this applies as much to an isolated town or village as to a ship or other place of work – below which there will be relatively few one-night-stands etc because of the “everyone knows everyone’s business” effect. But I wonder just how big it is.

  3. Given that men and women in close proximity with little else recreational to do for months at a time will find their own entertainment, how many of these assaults are consensual until discovered by senior officers? Easy way to escape the consequences, cos we must believe the women. #metoo

  4. “Gamecock
    September 23, 2018 at 2:48 am

    I heard a female sailor on a carrier cruise made $500,000. Locker literally stuffed with cash.”

    Didn’t happen. Not that there haven’t been prostitution rings busted before. If nothing else, you’re simply not going to have enough room to store 500k – its not like its easy to come by 100 dollar bills underway, the ship’s ATM doesn’t pay out in those denominations either.

  5. I once lived in a provincial northern city of 240k residents. By mid-morning the following day, most of the usual faces would have received a match report on what you’d been up to.

  6. I find it surprising. A few years ago I was at Subic bay in the Philippines and an Ohio class sub was docked there (not nuclear armed but converted for cruise missiles). All the sailors on shore seemed more interested in banging the ladyboys than the girls.

  7. @Bernie

    Interesting thanks!

    I suspect that a carrier is big enough to have those kinds of subcommunities that gossip can more quickly permeate than the ship as a whole.

  8. $500,000 could very easily fit in a locker if it was in $100 bills.

    See the first three pictures here.

    Smaller denominations, more of a problem, but in $10s it would be five times the size of the first stash shown.

    So putting it in the locker, not a problem. Making sure it stayed there would be more of a worry.

  9. In pre-Meiji rural Japan, if a widow was missing night-time company she would discreetly make it known, and everybody would turn a blind eye to her nocturnal visitor. Everybody knowing everybody’s business in a small community only becomes a problem if people make it a problem.

  10. Thanks for finding that, CJ.

    Related, I once heard that all of the golf Man ever had would fit into two Olympic size swimming pools.

  11. @’Bernie G., September 23, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Northerners are notorious gossips. Town I was born in ~30,000 and very little tittle tattle.

  12. Agammamon said:
    “you’re simply not going to have enough room to store 500k”

    The movies are accurate; you can actually squash a million bucks into a briefcase:

    OK, that’s $100 notes. But even with $20 notes, $500,000 is only two and a half briefcases; that would fit in a small holdall.

    Doesn’t mean it did happen of course (where would her customers get the cash from? Either she had a lot of paying customers, which would increase the risk, or a few were paying out a lot more cash than I’d have thought people would take on a warship). But fitting it in her locker sounds plausible.

  13. @Gamecock

    “[Gold] gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head.”

    Warren Buffett

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