posted on Nov, 2 2008 @ 10:20 PM
Originally posted by jpm1602
The news story I read on Yahoo stated that as many as 1 in 7 women female soldiers have either been sexually harassed, groped, or raped.
The military tries to turn a blind eye.
That's the issue, exactly -- that (unlike in the civilian world) they are pressured and harrassed to not report it. Some who have reported it to
their superiors have been punished for reporting it. The rate of deaths associated with rapes and the number of post-rape suicides is higher than it
is in the civilian world.
Two of my friends went through this, including the whole bit with a superior officer who treated them dismissively and refused to punish the guilty
parties (although they had been reported by other women.) One has PTSD from the last rape (it was a horrible story.)
I think we can all agree that this is something that needs being addressed. War is a high-stress situation and people do some very horrible things in
that kind of situation. But we need things in place to make sure that all our soldiers are safe (including the gay soldiers, the Pagan soldiers,
women soldiers, Islamic soldiers in the US Army, non-citizen soldiers in the military (under some circumstances non-citizens can apply for the
military. It's a fast track to citizenship).
I think this is part of a larger picture, too -- the overall way people treat each other in the war. I think it's part of what leads to the mental
and health problems of the soldiers returning from Iraq.
Something needs to be done now, and there are recommendations that would make a tiny start in the picture -- things that would make women safer while
being able to serve the country they love in a manner that they want.
Meanwhile, the superiors who ignored this and who punished the women reporting this need to be called out and court-martialed... and the judges
hearing the case should all be women.