Military Sexual Assault

This is a story that should not exist…..

There is a long history of sexual assault in our military and most of it has gone under-reported and in recent years this situation has come to the forefront of reporting (usually when there is little happening on the world stage and it is used as a filler)

Even a US Senator had been assaulted when she was in the military….

Sen. Martha McSally, the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, said Wednesday that she was raped in the Air Force by a superior officer, the AP reports. The Arizona Republican, a 26-year military veteran, made the disclosure at a Senate hearing on the armed services’ efforts to prevent sexual assaults and improve the response when they occur. McSally said she did not report being sexually assaulted because she did not trust the system, and she said she was ashamed and confused. McSally did not name the officer who she says raped her. “I stayed silent for many years, but later in my career, as the military grappled with the scandals, and their wholly inadequate responses, I felt the need to let some people know I too was a survivor,” she said, choking up as she detailed what had happened to her.

“I was horrified at how my attempt to share generally my experiences was handled,” she continued. “I almost separated from the Air Force at 18 years of service over my despair. Like many victims, I felt like the system was raping me all over again.” McSally’s revelation comes not long after Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, detailed her own abuse and assault, and at a time of increased awareness over the problem of harassment and assault in the armed forces. Reports of sexual assaults across the military jumped nearly 10% in 2017—a year that also saw an online nude-photo sharing scandal rock the Defense Department. McSally said she shares in the disgust of the failures of the military system and many commanders who have failed to address the problems of sexual misconduct.

Even with special reports and testimony from those abused you would think that the military would clean up their act……you would think, right?

Figures show 20,500 instances of unwanted sexual contact occurred in 2018, up from 14,900 in 2016 which is the last time a survey was conducted.

Alcohol was involved in one third of cases, and female recruits ages 17 to 24 are at the highest risk of attack.

On Thursday, Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan directed the military to “criminalise” sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment can fall within other legal violations of military behaviour, but is not yet a “stand-alone” criminal offence.

The directive from Mr Shanahan was among a series of other recommendations, released in a memo on Thursday.

“Sexual assault is illegal and immoral, is inconsistent with the military’s mission and will not be tolerated,” he wrote.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48125906

I am glad to see someone trying to make a difference….but sadly I am not so sure that it will help.

Sadly the regurgitation of AG Barr was more important that the fact that our female soldiers are NOT safe even in our own military…the same puke from Barr over and over and over…..

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11 thoughts on “Military Sexual Assault

  1. Surely such unwanted sexual contact should be covered under its own military statute? It is scandalous that this is not the case, and that needs to be rectified.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. The gay and related alternative gender groups crucify Trump screaming insults because of his order no transgender in military. You have identified precisely the reason for his order. It is for their own protection against being assaulted, beaten even murdered. Why can’t they get that ? If you put yourself in danger, danger will come your way.

    1. I have no time for an American soldier that holds something against another American…that is what is wrong with this country….too much hate for something they do NOT understand chuq

      1. I was taught to judge a person as an individual….reality is thaat Americans are judging people by their “group”….chuq

  3. Identity politics did cost Hillary the election. It backfired on her by that “deplorables” characterization. That brought a lot of blue collar,Christian democrats and independent voters to the Trump cause in just enough states to cost her. She’ll never integrate the fact. Do you have any examples of Newt employing the tactic ? His Contract with America pledged accountability to all Americans.

    1. Read just about anything he wrote or said in 1994 onward….Hillary did not invent identity politics….I do not see anything in Trump that a so-called Christian would be drawn to…..”accountability” was a word meaning make the poor pay the bills. chuq

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