Sexual assault has emerged as one of the defining issues for the military this year. Reports of assaults are up, as are questions about whether commanders have taken the problem seriously. Bills to toughen penalties and prosecution have been introduced in Congress. (Snip) the Pentagon says 53 percent involved attacks on men, mostly by other men
While I have no doubt this is a problem in the military and is the natural (or unnatural) result of the policies of don´t ask, don´t tell and allowing openly gay members of the military, I think there´s something much more insidious going on here.
This is an orchestrated effort to destroy the credibility of the military. "They" are well served when patriotic Americans who´ve sworn an oath to upholding the Constitution are discredited.
This problem has a simple solution. They have weapons in the military don´t they? Terminate the rapist with extreme prejudice. And if you want to avoid criminal charges, shout "Allahu Akhbar!" while you´re doing it. Worked for Maj Hassan.
All part of the plan to take America down. It´s too bad that the rest of the world, in their hatred for us, doesn´t realize that they will circle the drain right along with us. Zippy will emerge as the most evil most hated man in world history.
I think these assaults have been occurring since time began. I don´t think they´ve got much to do with DADT repeal. I´m not excusing an assault but, with the rise of PC, almost anything is considered an assault, including hurting another person´s feelings. Liberals always twist the language and extend definitions.
This has been known by the media for months. Of course the homosexualizing of the military couldn´t be at fault. Of course, we´ve all heard of Rum, Sodomy and the Lash... As long as the military is a liberal social experiment this will happen. Let´s just hope we never have to go into all out battle.
"...one sergeant handcuffed him and put him in a headlock while another pretended to sodomize him, Lawson said."
The legal word --- the one on the books --- is "sodomize." In the PC world, you´re considered a bigot if you use that word or any of its cognates, like sodomy and sodomite.
I expect the NYT to correct this slip and use more respectful language in the future. Expect to see more references to "the surprise sexual contact community". "Spontaneous spouse syndrome". And of course "Love = Love" .
The left detests the military, which is heirarchical (non-equal, you know), masculine (as opposed to the chicks who join for a job, or dare I say, access to other chicks), Southern-based (where most of our warriors come from) and, the most vigorously despised, is a sense of honor and fidelity(which are judgmental).
As a result of that attitude, we see our soldiers holding umbrellas, or subjected to endless harangues by the PC commisariate.
My guess is that a lot of this (right now) is due to young females going into the military who may have thought they were "empowered" by all the rhetoric thrown their way. In the real world things are a lot tougher. I am not defending any "assault"; I just question how "assault´ is being defined? That many alleged "assaults" just defies common sense. Who has the time?
You think this sort of thing starts when they repealed DADT?
Again, you people seem to think rape is about sex. It is about power. Picking on the gay guy until he commits suicide is about power, too.
Sexual harassment is just a sub-set of harassment and there is a LOT of that in the military. Military doesn´t seem to address that. Think it might have something to do with those suicide rates?
Since this is not about sex, men who consider themselves straight will commit forcible sodomy. Doesn´t look like the gender (or age) of the recepticle is important. So this isn´t about homosexuals in the military, either.
Let´s see ... prison populations, ships at sea, boys´ schools, celibate clergy. What´s the common demoninator here?
Sorry, #19. I spent 12 years in the Navy (1967-79) and NEVER witnessed or heard of any incident like you describe. Aboard ship, in the barracks, anywhere. The disgusting revelation in this article offends me.
If I understand this article correctly, our military is full of violent, power-hungry, testosterone-dripping men who literally can´t keep it in their pants because they must show their dominance and take it out on weaker and/or gay men or enlisted women.
Sorry, I´m not buying it. This article was definitely written to show that heterosexual men have been assaulting one another and homosexual men and therefore the MILITARY MUST CHANGE. . .and thank goodness that we now have gay men and women enlisted so that we can fix all of this.
The council of state governments (CSG) offers suggested state legislation each year to all of the states. In 1977, he CSG offered model legislation on sexual assault. Here is what was proposed - Draw a line down the front, middle of the thigh. If touching occurs on the outside of that line, that is a misdemeanor. If the touching occurs on the inside of that line, that is a felony. (this definition dealt with the thigh, as part of the proposed language.) Definitions are incredibly important when examining this military issue.
I´m very sad to say this but I´m glad that I retired from the military back in 08. The military command structure from the CinC on down is made up of nothing but stupid political hacks and that includes the ones in uniform. All of their boneheaded policies like allowing gays to serve, women on subs(bad enough they´re one combat surface ships) women in the special forces, etc. will lead to the ruination of the greatest fighting force on the planet. This stat alone just proves my point.
After 35 years in the Coast Guard, 15 at sea (Vietnam, Kosovo, etc.), I can only remember one incident involving an abnormal (homosexual) person. He was a BMC stationed in a cutter in the early ‘80s who had written numerous sexual "dreams" in his green pocket ledger. He had hoped to have “encounters” with his deck force (approximately 25 Seamen, 3 or 4 Petty Officers) but dropped his ledger on the deck one night. The Messenger of the Watch retrieved it, read it, and went into a panic. Since the BMC was his Department Chief, he didn’t know what to do. So, he ran into the Operations Berthing and through it on the deck and said “I’m about to puke.” One of the POs read a few pages and immediately turned it over to the Executive Officer. Obviously, it was all over the ship in a matter of minutes (115 crew) and the next morning we diverted from our patrol area and made a direct bee-line to a port in South America and “removed” the miscreant.
Thankfully, he was never heard from again.
And remember: when talking about us and “them”, the term is “normal” and not “straight”. Do not let the 1% or less change the dialogue. Let them have a sissy fit, as all children will do, but what is morally wrong can never be politically right. Look what happened over the last 40 years. Our education system and federal government is now a carrier for this type of behavior. Haven’t we remained silent long enough? How much more damage can we incur?
I spent just a little over 8 yrs in the AF (1963-1971) and served in various locations( Europe, Thailand, and others). I NEVER saw or heard of any such activities. Of course, where I was, there were plenty of females available. And in those days, there were VERY strict regulations about such behavior. However, a lot of changes have occurred in the past 40+ years. And as previously posted, the upper echelons are no longer what they used to be. In my day, we had soldiers. Today all we have are butt kissing politicians.
I was femme Navy enlisted 5 years. RM2. Incident: Someone wanted to get back at another femme shipmate. So she concocted a story that this particular femme was a lesbian. Navy went through her room, closet, chest of drawers, Christmas wrapping paper, Christmas ribbons. Found a letter with a femmme signature. When asked about it she told them that was a letter from her sister. She suffered what now would be PTSD. Ruined her. She curled into a fetal position in her room. This was some form of sexual assault. Happened in the early 60´s before DADT. I can´t imagine what serving in the Navy would be like today...with women on ships or even serving in combat. Assault on men by men makes me just as sick. Unfortunately, it´s an evil for all and will be with us forever.
Sorry to say I know of two incidents . One Viet war zone 18 year old brother accosted by Chief petty on ship constantly with suggestions he submit and finally a direct attempt. After the chief woke up he tried to claim he was attacked and hit with a wrench. Investigation ended with the Chief petty drummed out and the boy later earning several medals and honors. Later at Army training post 18 year old son-in-law trying to live under the same type pressure. The Officer didn´t care that he was married and not about to participate. That was handled by the entire barracks as the boy was sent to the office on a call from the night officer by plan. The potential rapist was treated to a blanket party. He was reassigned after he left the hospital. Over the years this type incidents led to the no know homosexuals in the military.
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