Thursday, July 31, 2008

Army Of Rapists

Sexual assault in military 'jaw-dropping,' lawmaker says

"A congresswoman said Thursday that her "jaw dropped" when military doctors told her that four in 10 women at a veterans hospital reported being sexually assaulted while in the military.
A government report indicates that the numbers could be even higher.
Rep. Jane Harman, D-California, spoke before a House panel investigating the way the military handles reports of sexual assault.
She said she recently visited a Veterans Affairs hospital in the Los Angeles area, where women told her horror stories of being raped in the military.
"My jaw dropped when the doctors told me that 41 percent of the female veterans seen there say they were victims of sexual assault while serving in the military," said Harman, who has long sought better protection of women in the military.
"Twenty-nine percent say they were raped during their military service. They spoke of their continued terror, feelings of helplessness and downward spirals many of their lives have taken since."

Why did it have to take the nitwit's execution approval for the corporate media to pay attention? This shit's been known for years.

"February 2, 2006 - (Alternet) - In a startling revelation, the former commander of Abu Ghraib prison testified that Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, former senior U.S.military commander in Iraq, gave orders to cover up the cause of death for some female American soldiers serving in Iraq. Last week, Col. Janis Karpinski told a panel of judges at the Commission of Inquiry for Crimes against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration in New York that several women had died of dehydration because they refused to drink liquids late in the day. They were afraid of being assaulted or even raped by male soldiers if they had to use the women's latrine after dark."


Blogger Nina. Or is it Norman? said...

I had a friend (male) who was in the Navy in the 80's and early 90's. Whenever they would port somewhere, their commander would insist they visit the local brothels, married or not. My friend refused to comply and as a result, was harassed and shunned, eventually being discharged. He told me of tales of rape and how the navy men would show enthusiasm over such power they had. It was sickening to listen to.

1/8/08 11:21 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

This is a tough topic to address, because of the inherent societal veneration of all things military, but we've got to face up to the fact that not only have we become the bad guys on the world stage, we've actively allowed the fascists to turn the military into a thuggish, bloodthirsty mob.

1/8/08 5:54 PM  
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