14 February 2012

Fox Pundit: If You're a Woman in the Military, "Expect" to be Raped

I'll flat out say it: the military has a serious problem with sexual harassment and sexual assault.  Positive steps have been taken to rectify the problem, but instances of sexual assault are still disturbingly high.  Ultimately, this problem won't be solved until sexual assault is all but wiped out Department of Defense-wide.  Its perhaps an even more disturbing act that one service member can take advantage of the culture of trust and comradeship and do something so utterly and indisputably evil.  It not only degrades the victim, but completely destroys that culture, one that's so essential to readiness.  I would like to think this is an ethical value that isn't just a military one, but a social one as well.

...which is why, of course, I was stunned to see Fox News "contributor" Liz Rotta posit that women who decide to put country above self should expect to be raped.

ROTTA: But while all of this is going on, just a few weeks ago, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta commented on a new Pentagon report on sexual abuse in the military. I think they have actually discovered there is a difference between men and women. And the sexual abuse report says that there has been, since 2006, a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults. Now, what did they expect? These people are in close contact, the whole airing of this issue has never been done by Congress, it’s strictly been a question of pressure from the feminist. 
And the feminists have also directed them, really, to spend a lot of money. They have sexual counselors all over the place, victims’ advocates, sexual response coordinators. … So, you have this whole bureaucracy upon bureaucracy being built up with all kinds of levels of people to support women in the military who are now being raped too much.

First, I'm disgusted at the idea that somehow women should expect to be raped going into military service.  What does Rotta think military service consists of?  Is there some kind of rape phase of basic training that I didn't hear about?  Even worse is how apparently thinking that rape is a serious problem is apparently now an exclusively feminist one.  If that's the case, then anybody who doesn't consider themselves a feminist is an absolutely horrible human being.

Second, is there every some kind of acceptable level of rape?  I've never heard somebody described as being "raped a little bit."  Nor (thankfully) have I ever heard somebody say anything along the lines of "it was alright, I only got raped a couple of times."  Absolutely despicable.

Third, building a bureaucratic to help tackle a persistent rape problem within the ranks is somehow a bad thing?  What exactly makes a bureaucracy worse than somebody being sexually assaulted?  Is identifying a few people in each unit as responsible for providing a safe channel to report sexual assault somehow worse than a physical act of violence designed to rob a man or woman of their very humanity and dignity?  Its unfathomable to me that anyone could be so fanatically angry at the government that they're willing to accept rape as an acceptable alternative.

Mind you, this is the same woman who thought it would be great if somebody assassinated the President of the United States because she doesn't like him, so perhaps we're looking at somebody with a fairly flawed moral compass.

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