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Published: Friday, May 10 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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panbobor
Colorado Springs, AP

Despite all the hype, the numbers show that the military does a relatively good job at prosecuting sexual assault, especially when compared with the civilian justice system. DoD number show that in 2009-10, around 27% of reported sexual assaults were referred to court-martial. Of those, roughly 47% resulted in a guilty verdict for some crime, while 27% resulted in a conviction for the actual assault. Meanwhile, in the civilian system only 14-18% of reported sexual assaults went to trial, and the civilian conviction rate for rape is only 18%. This is not to mention the fact that in the even if there is not enough evidence to convict a Soldier, Sailor, Marine, or Airman beyond a reasonable doubt, they can still be administratively separated (fired) from the military, lose all VA benefits, and go through life with the stigma of an other than honorable discharge. Moreover, the military EXPECTED the number of reported sexual assaults to go up based on a variety of programs designed to invite victims to come forward. Sexual assault is a terrible crime whether in the military or out. But it's time to get over the hysteria and look at the facts.

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

Some people commit crimes, trivial or serious. Usually criminal acts result in prosecution, and the military services indeed take sexual assault seriously and the guilty are punished, and those falsely accused are set free.

However, given that the vast majority of service members are in the late teens and early 20s, the urge for sexual activity is strong, and mixing genders in tight quarters increases the risk of inappropriate conduct. The abysmal standards of behavior and sexual promiscuity in the "entertainment" media, and by celebrity (not celibate!) figures in Hollywood and the political ranks send the message that promiscuity is the norm, and that it is no big deal. Thus undermining the law (UCMJ) service members are subject to.

Paradoxically, those arguing for more mixed gender assignments in the military (DACOWITS, NOW and other feminist groups) are the ones who scream the loudest when their demands have unintended consequences.

Hours of preventive "training" is a waste of time and ineffective, so stick with punishing the guilty.

Anyone talking about lax enforcement needs to first demand our immigration laws are enforced to the letter!

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

Granted that allegations are not established fact and that all categories of forceful sexual misbehavior are lumped together.... if there are problems in the military (and yes, probably there are some) of this nature that some thought might be given to whether it is a good idea for men and women to work in military environments closely together, political correctness aside. Men (like women) are sadly not always angelic, sad though this is, and some difficulties might have been anticipated and pre-empted.

The picture accompanying the article does suggest that there is in an unequal ratio, involves unequal ranks, and that the uniform for the woman might be more practical than one in which a narrow skirt is worn that is well above the knee even when the wearer is standing up.

I'm trying to be pragmatic and a military environment in which there are thousands of men of widely differing characters sequestered from legitimate relationships for long periods of time might pose predictable problems when women are introduced to the mix. Of course it is far more important that the brave new world of the liberal imagination be realized than for common sense to prevail.

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