by Chris Bodenner A reader writes (with an updated reader retort below): I’m a reserve naval officer with a young daughter that I love very much. I mention this information just to let you know where I’m coming from when I say that the media (including The Dish) is getting this story wrong and missing … Continue reading What’s The Best Way To Combat Military Rape? Ctd
by Chris Bodenner Plea deal for army general drops sexual assault charges: http://t.co/uibCyWyt9n pic.twitter.com/7LjXTBJrLP — Talking Points Memo (@TPM) March 17, 2014 A reader goes in-depth on the issue: First off, I want to say that military sexual assault (MSA) is a scourge within our military and we must weigh every available option in seeking … Continue reading What’s The Best Way To Combat Military Rape? Ctd
Last Thursday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s bill to reform military sexual assault policies failed to overcome a filibuster against stiff opposition from Senator Claire McCaskill, whose alternative bill passed cloture 100-0. Amy Davidson explains the shortcomings of Gillibrand’s effort to remove rape investigations from the chain of command: McCaskill, who has prosecuted sexual-assault cases herself, has argued that, as … Continue reading What’s The Best Way To Combat Military Rape?
Amanda Marcotte hopes that the revelation that “the majority of sexual assault in the military is male-on-male crime” will help move the discussion forward: Part of the reason for this is that women are still a small minority in the military, representing only about 15 percent of service members. But what this astonishing number demonstrates is the truth of … Continue reading Combating Military Rape, Ctd
A reader writes: As a Dishhead and an officer in the National Guard, I feel I should chime in on this issue. It’s been a disgraceful year, and the reforms called for by Sen. Gillibrand are badly needed. Frankly, the UCMJ needs to be completely overhauled and brought into the modern era. Sodomy shouldn’t still be … Continue reading Combating Military Rape, Ctd
It hasn’t been a good month for the armed services – first the Air Force, now the Army: In the latest incident, the Department of Defense revealed on Tuesday a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army stationed at the Ft. Hood, TX military base is under investigation for sexual assault. Along with allegedly sexually … Continue reading Combating Military Rape, Ctd
A reader writes: It would be nice if what your reader said was true: that the nearly 40 percent increase in rape occurred because victims now feel more comfortable reporting it. (I said “victims” and not “women” because more than half of rapes in the military are done to men.) The nearly 40 percent jump was for cases of … Continue reading Combating Military Rape, Ctd
A reader writes: As someone who leads sexual assault prevention programming and has worked with soldiers, I will attest that sexual assault is a serious issue in the armed forces. While the statistics that the military released about the increase in sexual assaults are alarming, it may actually be a good thing. The more education … Continue reading Combating Military Rape, Ctd
The head of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention and response branch has been charged with sexual battery after groping a woman in a parking lot over the weekend. Syreeta is slack-jawed: [I]f your “advocate” who was supposed to investigate and seek justice for the survivors becomes a predator, how can we believe that the Air Force enforces their … Continue reading Combating Military Rape, Ctd
Jesse Ellison has the latest on a new lawsuit against the current and previous defense secretaries on behalf of 19 raped servicemembers:
The key problem, the lawsuit says, is "permitting the ‘chain-of-command’ (i.e., a single individual) to control which sexual assault allegations are fully investigated and prosecuted. They have not eliminated the ability of a single officer to prevent a victim from accessing the military’s judicial system. The reality is that this officer may well be a sexual predator himself."
James Kitfield recently explored how military hierarchy and culture create an environment ripe for the nearly 20,000 sexual assaults that happen each year: