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RAND study finds high correlation between sexual harassment and assault in the military

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Soldiers, officers and civilian employees attend the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Army's annual observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in the Pentagon Center Courtyard March 31, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The study was sponsored by the Pentagon, based on the response from about 170,000 active and reserve service members.

It finds that an estimated 18,900 soldiers, sailors, Marines and Air Force members said they had experienced some form of “unwanted sexual contact” in 2014.

The report finds a high correlation between sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military. A woman service member in the military who is sexually harassed is 14 times more likely to be sexually assaulted; by the same token, a man who is sexually harassed in the military is 50 times more likely to be assaulted.

Kristie Gore, a behavioral scientist and co-author of the study at the RAND corporation, will join Larry to discuss the report’s findings and policy implications.

Guest:

Kristie Gore, Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation, and coauthor of the report on “Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military,” which Rand released Friday

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