DoD's Unwanted Sexual Contact (USC) Debate: Another Perspective

  • Colonel David E. Mendelson

This paper critically analyzes and reviews many of the polarizing aspects of the USC/sexual assault debate in the armed services. Through a review of the statistical underpinnings, and an assessment of the proposed resolutions to the problem, this paper tries to widen the aperture of the debate and provide a more balanced picture of the problem. The ultimate aim of this paper is to provide the current, and purportedly objective, state of the issue in order to better inform the public and any pending or proposed resolution(s). Without an open discussion, resolutions may only be aimed at solving the perceived, rather than the actual, problems.