Sunday May 19, 2013
Military Rape: (SOP) Standard Operating ProcedureDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
Do women join the military to be raped?
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - (The New York Times today has an editorial today titled, The Military’s Sexual Assault Crisis, which examines in depth the ongoing problems related to rape and sex assault in the armed forces. The head of the military program to combat sexual assault, was... arrested for the same crime he was charged with overseeing.)
I have written about this before: Military Rape: SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) Not our Boys for Salem-news.com. The most recent article to come to my attention is The Christian Science Monitor with the title: Military’s Unseen Foe: Sexual Assault.
I won’t repeat the raunchy statement by Old Blood and Guts General Patton, which is too crude and gross to repeat here, about what a fighting soldier should be.
The Monitor states that about one in five women in the military will suffer sexual assault – usually from a superior but which is rarely reported for fear of vengeful consequences. The actual assault rate may be much higher for the same reasons. Officers up to General and Admiral have been accused. Who will discipline them?
The article quoted General Norton Schwartz, Air Force Chief of Staff, as saying: “This crime threatens our people, and for that reason alone it is intolerable and incompatible with who and what we are.”
There is Congressional legislation to address this and encourage victims to come forward. Some few have. Very few of military attackers face justice but about 40% of civilians do.
In the military sexual assault complaints are presumed confidential but CAN BE subpoenaed which can have adverse effects for the victims but protect the assailants!
The SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE COORDINATORS (SARCs) seem to be involved in the cover ups by asking accusingly “Where was your weapon”. Another point is that the rape defendants are given an attorney but the victims are not.
In one case the rape victim was married but she was told she could be charged with adultery!
Some of these women have recently appeared before Congressional committees. I have heard some of their testimony. It is too graphic and crude to print here.
Some of this stuff makes me hesitant and even ashamed to say I was in the Army Infantry even though I believe/hope most of these assaults/rapes were by the “Rear eschelon SOBs”. However I do know that about 50 or so of American soldiers were shot for rape in WWII.
Will Congress do something about it? Probably not, members of that group have been charged with sexual assault.
THE DUTY OF MEN IS TO PROTECT THEIR WOMEN!!!
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