Sexual assaults in military sharply rise, Pentagon reports

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  • PROVERBS 6 Sandy, Utah
    May 9, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    Of course, since the vast majority of people are heterosexual, so are most sexual assaults--like that allegedly committed over the weekend by Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski. This was a particular embarrassment to the Pentagon, since Krusinski was in charge of sexual assault prevention for the Air Force! It is ironic that the Air Force, which is plagued with sexual assault problems, has been preoccupied with suppressing religious expression. They would do well to dust off the advice of the first Commander-in-Chief, George Washington, who warned those who want morality without a moral code. Washington wrote in his farewell address to the nation, "...let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion."

  • PROVERBS 6 Sandy, Utah
    May 9, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    The reports on the 35% increase are based on survey data that included a 33% increase in men reporting "unwanted sexual contact" (almost all of which comes from other men). FRC was mocked in 2010 for noting that same-sex assaults the year before were roughly three times higher than the rate of homosexuality in the general population--and for predicting that those rates would rise if the 1993 law were repealed. The Pentagon's report released yesterday said that male victims were now 12% of all victims making "unrestricted" reports, and 13% of those making "restricted" (confidential) reports--both higher than in FY 2009.

  • PROVERBS 6 Sandy, Utah
    May 9, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    At a press conference on Tuesday President Obama said he had no "tolerance" for this behavior and has ordered the Secretary of Defense to prevent these sex crimes and send a message to victims of sexual assault that "I've got their backs." What could have possibly brought about such a surge in sexual assaults? Could the radical social policies pushed by the Obama Administration onto the military be a factor? The Post and the Times failed to mention that two years ago was when the 1993 law against open homosexuality in the military was repealed. religion."

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    May 8, 2013 4:30 p.m.

    “If the man in charge for the Air Force in preventing sexual assault is being alleged to having committed a sexual assault this weekend, obviously there’s a failing in training and understanding of what sexual assault is and how corrosive and damaging it is to good order and discipline, and how it is undermining the credibility of the greatest military force in the world,” MSNBC reported Gillibrand as saying. “This is not good enough.”

    "Alleged" is not convicted. Her argument is based on this. This is too prevalent today. I could allege that she assaulted me. It's not true, but if I alleged it, would that make it a good enough reason to base firing her?

    I'm not saying it's not a problem, I just don't think that your should have faulty overly emotionally based reasons dictating choices.