Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Latest on Military Brass and Issues of Sexual Assault

“Military calls sexual assault 'like a cancer'”

“WASHINGTON (AP) - Military leaders said Tuesday that sexual assault in the ranks is "like a cancer" that could destroy the force, but they rejected far-reaching congressional efforts to strip commanders of some authority in meting out justice”.

“Seated side-by-side at a long witness table, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the head of each branch of the military and Pentagon lawyers testified on what is widely viewed as an epidemic of sexual assault plaguing the services”.

“Outraged by recent high-profile cases and overwhelming statistics, lawmakers have moved aggressively on legislation to address the scourge of sexual assault. They summoned the military brass to answer their questions at a jam-packed hearing”.

“Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said the problem of sexual assault is of such a scope and magnitude that it has become a stain on our military".

“Congress has acted in prior years to ensure the aggressive investigation and prosecution of sexual assaults, Levin said, but more needs to be done. The committee is considering seven bills to deal with sexual assault”.

Talk is cheap, know there is a problem, and the problem has steadily gotten worse over the last 4 years with reported assaults continuing to climb (emphasis on reported).

“While acknowledging the problem and accepting that legislation is inevitable, military leaders insisted that commanders keep their authority to handle sexual assault cases”.

“Service chiefs expressed concern over making broader changes to the military's legal code that would undercut the ability of commanders to discipline the troops they need”.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result. How they think taking away this authority could have adverse affects needs to be explained in more detail because right now the way things are going, the adverse affects are already here!

You have people in charge of preventing assault being accused of assault, you have people who have stepped up to serve their country being treated like lepers because of someone else’s bad behavior; less talk more action!

More intervention would mean fewer victims. How about writing bills to ‘prevent’ sexual assault not just “deal” with it? There should be no victims created from within, the US military should not be its own worst enemy on this issue.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

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