posted on Nov, 3 2008 @ 02:41 AM
Originally posted by TheOracle
reply to post by raven bombshell
I guess we can only warn women recruits what they are up against. Are they at least allowed to bring their personal security device on camp? pepper
sprays, tasers and alarms?
Oracle- It depends on the State laws or the laws where you live in foreign countries. I have been on military installations where you could own a
weapon in base housing as long as law enforcement had the info on file, and I have been on some where you had to keep your personal firearms at the
armory (not much help). I In the dorms you cannot own any firearms or knives more than a certain length, like more than a small pocket knife. I was
not a military cop so i didn't get a weapon issued unless I was firing for qualification. We dont always get a weapon to deploy either. If I wanted
to learn self defense it was on my own time and my own dime- no different than any civilian. always carried pepper spray as a deterrent anyway and a
bat and glove in the car (glove so it looks like I play softball). I didn't care if it was legal or not to carry pepper spray.
And to some others:
When you are at work you have a reasonable expectation that your coworkers are not going to attack you. As military in the field you have to be alert
for enemy and be hyper vigilant out there in the theater but you should not have to also worry that your fellow soldiers are going to assault you as
well. Do you think the men constantly worry that the guys with them will pounce on them and rape them in the dead of night? No. of course not. Women
should not have to worry about that either.
I don't get why people think its better for female soldiers to be raped than female civilians- why is it "easier to stomach"? That makes no damn
sense- its like telling the men go ahead and rape the soldiers but not the civilians. "Boy those women soldiers know its coming so do it to them."
That is not a decent mindset to have at all. We are all human and deserving of respect and dignity. I volunteered 12 years to the military. It
wasn't a sentence for a crime. I'm reading these posts and seeing that people think because they feel women have no place in the military that these
female soldiers deserve to be raped and should accept rape from their fellow soldiers as part of the territory- how obscene! There are some truly
disghusting people on this board. This could be your mother, sister, daughter, or wife, and it should make you sick whether she is military or not.
If your daughter came home a rape victim would you say, "Gee dear, that is why women shouldn't be in the military."
"Thanks for going to war and fighting for our country, Bob. Nancy, you should not have gone to war and fought for our country- that is why you got
raped. What is wrong with you?"
Yeah some folks don't like women to be in the military, but they ARE in the military. They serve just as proudly as men, and they should be afforded
the same respect. To tell me that I should expect to be raped by my comrades as part of my service to this country is like saying to a civilian woman
she should expect it if she goes to work in any place where there are men.
I always kept the possibility of being a POW and subsequently the possibility of rape by the ENEMY in mind when I was active duty. It was a real fear
and yes- a risk I took. NOTHING I signed said that I would have to be a sex toy or victim for the male soldiers. That is not acceptable!