Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sexual assault and rape in U.S. Military: 1 in 3 women victims during service, studies suggest.

First, let me tell you that this article is from AlJazeera. It's a very well-known and usually reputable media source of sorts, but it does make one wonder, since it is Islamic in nature, how much of any story they write about the United States of America (and they seem to be fixated on that lately) is about discrediting the Americans any way they can. So, do consider the source.

Secondly, I find this story difficult to cover for a couple of reasons, the main one being that one can no longer say freely without being ridiculed that "maybe, just maybe, the military is not the place for my daughter or grand-daughter". Perhaps if I make it that personal, I can get away with that statement to a certain extent. The truth is that I believe my assertion is indeed correct.

Thirdly, having said that, I expect that young women who do choose to join the military are indeed entitled to being fully protected from being raped by their own colleagues and the men with whom they lay down their lives for their country. It appears, that the U.S. has failed to offer them even a reasonable amount of that protection, never mind a guarantee they won't be raped.

It appears that men and women sacrifice a lot for their country when they enlist. It seems, however, that many women sacrifice a lot more than their 'brothers' by the time their term of service is over.

We need to change that. The statistics you'll read in this link are atrocious. Perhaps it is better that more women "come out" with what they have suffered. But it is best if some of the men that weren't part of the crime (for that is what it is) yet knew it was going on, stood up and told the truth.

Military sexual assault and rape 'epidemic' - Features - Al Jazeera English

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