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Military Rape: S O P (Standard Operating Procedure)

Phillip Leveque has spent his life as a Combat Infantryman, Physician Pharmacologist and Toxicologist.


(MOLALLA, Ore.) - On Sunday, October 12th in the Oregonian was an excellent but disturbing story on this subject. The main story was about an 18-year old male Marine raped by his Staff Sergeant. I was surprised to see this on the front page of the Oregonian but NOT surprised of its factuality.

Concurrent stories were of female military with a rape rate of one in three being raped. This doesn’t surprise me either after being a private in the Army subject to arrogant and obnoxious subjugation by anyone who had stripes or brass on their shoulders. Military service is a form of slavery with no rights at the bottom of the food chain. The power of non-coms and brass can be obscene and the statement “rank has its privileges” can often be really perverse.

To confirm my feelings, I punched up Military Rape on my computer. If you want to feel your skin creep and chills go down your spine –- punch it up. It is nauseatingly sickening.

The Oregonian states that Senator Patty Murray of Washington is trying to get a bill in Congress to provide VA therapy for the thousands of female and male victims of rape and similar sexual harassment in the services. NO LUCK YET. It’s against the national interest to admit that military rape is an epidemic going from the bottom ranks up to generals. Well “rank does have its privileges” including rape.

My own experience on this subject goes to World War Two. I was a survivor of General Patton's Third Army. He said he expected rapes when we were in North Africa and one of his most (in)famous quotes [I’m cleaning this up] “a soldier who won’t f*#k won’t fight”. (see: article Panther Soup, by John Gimlette)

Retired Air Force Captain Dorothy H. Mackey, who is also an ordained church minister and who was herself raped by her Colonel and Lt. Colonel superiors, has written and posted an almost unbelievable article on this subject. Her organization STAAAMP knows of over 40 U.S. Generals, Admirals and Colonels who have been given immunity by U.S. Courts for serious criminal sexual behavior. (see:

The Pentagon ordered Lt. Colonel Charles P. McDowell, a Military Criminal Investigator, to prepare a checklist of 57 trial questions to rape victims to damage and/or belittle rape victims trial testimony. In the meantime, the Pentagon has contrived five immunity laws with the U.S. Justice Department to protect military rapists.

In the meantime rapes of both military males and females are going on and usually the victims are killed and the death is called suicide. (see: Alex Constantine's blacklist)

It is of morbid interest to report that rape by U.S. soldiers goes back at least to General George Washington’s army in 1780. Thomas Brown was sentenced to death for rape.

Rape of conquered women goes back to pre-history. Females were part of the spoils of victory. The British Army had a prohibition of rape in 1385 but I don’t think it made much difference.

With the U.S. Army in France in 1944, 70 Army soldiers were convicted of rape and shot. This is really strange because most women in France, Italy, Germany, Austria, etc could be had for a chocolate bar or a five cent pack of cigarettes. Never-the-less possibly 10,000 women in Europe may have been raped by American soldiers. Hard to believe? NO PROSECUTIONS!

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Vic July 21, 2009 10:31 pm (Pacific time)

This just re-inforces the prejudices about military people that I have been trying to overcome....ignorant self-centered sociopathic thugs who love the military because it gives them power over other people...Is there ANY other segment of society who has such statistics?? Do 1/3 of female school teachers get raped or sexually abused by male teachers?? Police officers?? Warehouse workers?? And what is up with the homosexual rape thing?  Is this macho? Is gay rape a "manly" thing now? Is this admirable? Face it, the military and all it stands for attracts the dregs of society...the scum, the lowest of the low....the predators.

S.LaMarche; October 20, 2008 6:20 am (Pacific time)

excellent article Dr. Leveque, I found myself almost too stunned so swear.,I'm expressing extreme restraint.

Coral Anika Theill October 19, 2008 8:46 am (Pacific time)

A few years ago, I visited a V.A. hospital where many of the women rape victims were receiving care. They were so traumatized by the rapes, they had to leave the military. I had a long conversation with the chaplin at the V.A. hospital. He shared that a great majority of the women may be there for a very long time, due to the emotional trauma. This conversation was a catalyst to me reporting two V.A. therapists who were involved in my court case in Oregon. They had mis used their roles to exploit and abuse me. My goal was that the V.A. would protect these rape victims from abusive therapists, but my pleas and documentation were dismissed by the V.A. Please read this excellent article: US Air Force Academy Chiefs Removed Over Rape Scandal By Patrick Martin 29 March 2003 (Excerpts) Abuse of power was a major factor in the sexual assaults. According to the director of clinical services at the Colorado Springs rape crisis center, several cadets were ordered out of bed at night by upperclassmen, who have command authority over younger cadets, and then gang-raped. One alleged rapist was a priest serving as a counselor at the academy; another worked as a counselor on the academy’s hot line for reporting sexual assaults. The more fundamental issue is that sexual violence is an integral part of the degrading and dehumanizing atmosphere required to train the US officer corps. Given the overwhelming technological superiority of the US military over all potential rivals, today’s Air Force officers are being trained, not so much for jet-to-jet individual combat, but to strafe, bomb and rocket defenseless targets on the ground. The premium is not on “bravery,” as the media and Bush administration incessantly claim, but on cultivating an indifference to the horrific consequences of using advanced weaponry on human beings. What no one asks in the current media coverage of the Air Force rape scandal is this: if a sizeable proportion of Air Force officer cadets are prepared to treat their own female colleagues so brutally, with the tacit approval of their commanders, what are their attitudes likely to be toward the populations—men, women and children—of countries like Iraq, targeted for US military assault?

Simoncini October 17, 2008 1:39 pm (Pacific time)

The reason I alluded to "shame" was that male military personnel (and civilians also, but probably to a lesser degree) are very reluctant to come forward and make a formal complaint. Subsequently this manifests itself into future destructive behavior, including suicide. I have also read reports where a higher ranking female officer engaged several enlisted personnel in lesbian sex, so that's why I mentioned it. With several million people in the military, everything that happens in civilian life will usually be found in the military. Though constant drug screens are helping with illegal drug problems. I would also say that no one really does no the size of the rape(forced deviant sex) problem is in the military as a percentage, but even with long prison terms the problem still continues. One act is one too many. Possibly longer prison terms would help. I recall when people went to jail/prison for stealing a car and car theft rates were pretty low compared to now. So my guess is that when sanctions are enforced for any unlawful behavior, rather than "maybe" something will happen, we can reduce criminal acts. Protecting our military and civilians is the number one priority for all levels of government.

Simoncini October 17, 2008 11:41 am (Pacific time)

Coral that was an excellent informational post you made. Hopefully more attention will be forthcoming. Have you talked to any women veterans organizations? Both hetero and lesbian rape acts? Unfortunately it will be very difficult to get any accurate numbers from males in the military (civilian also I assume) because of the way our norms shame people into silence.

Editor: It doesn't seem that 'lesbian rape acts' are much of a concern here really Simoncini.  In the U.S. military, the fast majority of offenders in this area are males and the victims are female and in some cases, male.  I think spending a lot of time worrying about what probably amounts to less than 1% of the problem is a waste of time.  Also, the whole point of the gay pride movement if I understand it right, is to not associate a person's sexual orientation with shame.  I think most gays and lesbians have moved beyond that type of thinking.

Coral Anika Theill October 17, 2008 9:52 am (Pacific time)

Please read the article link below. This story is still being talked about in the community, among Marines and military personnel.

Navy chaplain sentenced to two years in prison (Baltimore Sun)

Roman Catholic priest, who is HIV positive, pleaded guilty to forcible sodomy

Navy chaplain sentenced to two years in prison --

A Catholic Navy chaplain who admitted forcing himself on a gay Naval Academy midshipman sent to him for counseling and having sex with an Air Force officer without disclosing he was HIV-positive was sentenced today to serve two years in a military prison.

Lt. Cmdr. John Thomas Lee, 42, of Burke, Va., accepted a plea deal with Marine Corps prosecutors that suspended 10 years of a 12-year sentence, dismissed him from the Navy and required him to forfeit all future pay and benefits....


...Two years "seems pitifully small for such a reckless, callous abuse of power," said David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. "One key purpose of sentencing wrongdoers is to deter future wrongdoing, and it's doubtful such a light sentence will do that."...

Simoncini October 17, 2008 8:19 am (Pacific time)

During my time there were a number of court-martials when both officers and NCO's engaged in homosexual rape of enlisted personnel. These cases should receive more public ackowlegement so the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy can be removed and replaced with no homosexual behavior allowed. For those who find that offensive, well homosexual rape happens and it is nearly 100% of the time that rank is used to effect the rape. Many jobs that are in the military could be transferred to GS civilian positions, but in the combat arms specialties they need to be free of this potential criminal problem which is really not all that rare as the above article suggests.

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