Improper sexual treatment is the term used by the Department of the Army to describe the scope
of the problem, or sexism. Improper sexual treatment includes sexually related criminal acts, sex
discrimination and sexual harassment.
SEXUALLY RELATED CRIMES:
Supervisors need to be familiar with reporting procedures, medical treatment, and psychological
counseling available for victims of these crimes. This refers to crimes such as rape, sodomy, indecent
assault, and pandering. These crimes are punishable under the UCMJ.
Inequitable enforcement of regulations or policies is an example of sexual discrimination.
Examples of discrimination follow:
1. Sending only males to the field. This deprives the females of needed training for
survival in a field environment.
2. A commander only sends males to NCOES or PLDC because "Females are just in the
service to get a husband and not to make it career." This is denying those females the
chance for advancement. Without the training, females will not be qualified for retention
in the service.
3. When a typist is needed in the orderly room and no 71Ls are available, the
commander may select a female to do the typing because, "Women are good at typing."
He/she may not accept that a male can do as good a job as females in that position. This
action takes the female out of her MOS and can cause her to lose ability in her Primary
Sexual harassment usually occurs in the form of crude remarks or gestures, innuendoes, unreciprocated
touching and the using of rank, position or enticement to demand and/or gain sexual favors.
How can you, as the supervisor, deal with Sexual Harassment?