This is going to sound too unbelievable to be true, but it’s not.
What a shame. Period.
The Department of Defense estimates that more than 19,000 service members were raped or sexually assaulted in 2010. Lives are being ruined. Rape kits are being discarded after a year or less, often without the DNA testing necessary for conviction. This runs counter to standard practice in the civilian justice system. Victims can’t access treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder because records of their assaults are destroyed. Due to a military culture heavy on retaliation and light on prosecution, only 13.5 percent of the victims report the rape…
…and the U.S. holds pride about sending thousands of veterans to Iraq and Afghanistan to “serve” their country.
This monstrosity is not new. The Pentagon has largely ignored the recommendations of 18 reports on sexual assault and rape in the military over the past 16 years.
The Congress said “We should focus on more important issues because America is at war.” I beg to differ. Shouldn’t the U.S. tackle this problem upfront because they are fighting abroad?
I have my own point of views about the military in this country but division and strife within the ranks will hurt their ability to defeat the enemy. In addition to this, we all know that military service is one of the nation’s highest callings. As a country, they should not allow violent criminals to taint the honor of these armed forces.
Again, this is a national disgrace and the longer it goes unaddressed, the Congress becomes a helper in this crime.
SF Chronicle Article: Rapes of women in military ‘a national disgrace’
These issues need to be brought to the limelight. This appalling business has been occurring since 16 years…who knows it could be even more than 16 years. Have to applaud the media, the people in authority and the people who possess power for not letting this come to the surface for so many years.
It’s about time people…
More articles from the past that have gone unnoticed:
TIME Article: Sexual Assaults on Female Soldiers: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Salon Article: The private war of women soldiers
AlterNet Article: Female Soldiers Treated ‘Lower Than Dirt’
Recommended Reading FYI: The State of the American Woman