Sunday, March 25, 2007

The Military Should Be Afraid Of The Gays?

ABC News


WASHINGTON Mar 21, 2007 (AP)— Reports of sexual assaults in the military increased by about 24 percent last year and more than twice as many offenders were punished.
There were nearly 3,000 sexual assault reports filed in 2006, compared with almost 2,400 the previous year, a Pentagon report said Wednesday. Action was taken against 780 people, from courts-martial and discharges to other administrative remedies.

Between the bigoted words of General Pace, and the stark facts of these statistics, it seems glaringly obvious that retrograde policies like "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" have only stunted, if not reversed any progress made in the Military involving gender or sexuality.
I'm not sure what would be causing this uptick in problems, but if I had my guess, it would be that the military (like our government the past 6 years) has been working under the assumption that there is no consequences of their actions.

If they can torture US citizens with no penalty, why would those with twisted minds in the military worry about the consequences of any behaviour?


At 8:56 PM, Blogger Susie said...

The dirty little secret of the military has always been sexual assault - but it was usually male-on-male, and more likely during basic training. The victims were usually men identified as "soft" or feminine.

The V.A. hospitals offer counseling and support groups for the victims, but won't talk about statistics. Gee, I wonder why?

At 9:24 PM, Blogger mahmoud said...

You're right that these are very interesting statistics. Two factual conclusions can be drawn. First, the frequency of sexual assaults in the US military is virtually the same as in the general US population. Second, the US military seems to be doing a MUCH BETTER job prosecuting and convicting perpetrators than our civilian authorities are!


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