I served in the Navy, and I know from my experience that what I call "male entitlement dysfunction" is part of the culture. This is likely exacerbated by the fact that a large number of military men are so young (under age 26), and their capacity to be mature is probably limited by their underdeveloped frontal lobes.
I suspect that because sexual harassment and other inappropriate sexual behaviors are given a "wink," it is all the more difficult for the assaulted women to do as trauma researcher Dr. Judith L. Herman has recommended in order to recover from the trauma: reconstruct meaning, rebuild hope, and gain a sense of empowerment.
What is the interpretation of meaning to be if the offender is not punished? How does a woman regain hope if the culture supports male entitlement?
The core issues of trauma are the same whether the traumatic event is a natural or man-made disaster, and the general principles of recovery are the same. But gender-specific, culture-specific, and situation-specific factors have an impact on recovery. For example, being raped is fraught with "in your face" issues of gender and power. Thus, the treatment of and …