Closing Thought–08May18

First of all…this day in history has been a busy day…..1904..US Marines land in North Africa to protect the Belgians….1942..The Battle of the Coral Sea…..1945..the final surrender of German forces…..1952 Allies have the largest bombing of North Korea.

Years ago there were many stories in the media about the rise in sexual assault among our troops….that was in the  dark ages of news before Trump……but even though it is not making news these days….the crime has not gone away….

Reports of sexual assaults across the US military jumped by nearly 10 per cent in 2017, a year that saw a massive online nude-photo sharing scandal rock the services.

Officials familiar with the data say the overall increase was fuelled by a nearly 15-per cent surge in sexual assault reports in the Marine Corps.

The Marines were at the centre of last year’s online investigation. The military services launched a campaign to raise awareness of inappropriate behaviour and beef up enforcement of social media rules and conduct.

The Navy and the Air Force saw increases of about nine per cent in reported sexual assaults, while the Army went up eight per cent. US officials spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details ahead of the public release of the report.

It is sad that women should have to face this danger as well as the dangers of multiple deployments in regions of conflict.

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7 thoughts on “Closing Thought–08May18

  1. I didn’t know about sexual assaults on female member of the military. It seems no walk of life is exempt from those sexist attitudes, including the White House, of course. If the Commander In Chief is doing it…
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. It is sad that people of *any* gender should have to face this danger from their own supposed comrades in arms. It’s absolutely no surprise that sentencing for rape is typically fairly harsh, really, but it is baffling to me that so many servicepersons could be so naive as to think they can get away with this sort of behavior (and be so sexually perverse as to even want to in the first place).

    1. Sad to say many do get away with it in the military…it is getting better for the victim but still has a ways to go before it is just. chuq

      1. I actually remember two of the guys in my barracks at Camp Lejeune, NC, being prosecuted for rape against one of the women in our building.

        She shared a room just around the corner from me, a few doors down.

        I found out about it from her shortly after the case started. She started coming around to join me for cigarettes (I smoked then) every day and staying a long time. She said she wasn’t supposed to discuss the case, but that since it had started, a couple of the other women who were friends with these two guys had started spreading rumors about her and harassing her… it was very fucked up, so she just wanted to be on our side of the barracks (we were all comms specialists & techs, her side was all admin and logistics, and they were a sad show at the best of times).

        One guy (basically an ‘accomplice’ for not stopping it and not reporting it but having cause to know of it) got a slap on the wrist. The other guy got a much harder slap on the wrist and we didn’t see him again, but I don’t think he even served a year from the scuttlebutt I heard after. I guess there wasn’t a ton of good proof and only her word and some circumstantial evidence. The main perp… man, he was an animal. Huge guy who literally used to drive out of town at liberty and seek out bar fights. I shit you not, his nickname was Satan. No one doubted he was capable of it, but in short time his friends had smeared this woman so much that half the barracks believed she was lying and eventually the captain had to take her off her job and put her on a separate detail because of the harassment.

        Sad, sad stuff.

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