Saturday, July 03, 2004

AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: Rape Nation

AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: Rape Nation

"...The military could stop it if they want to, but they don't want to. They're socializing men into doing this."

Fellas, don't snicker. They rape men, too.

A male veteran who was sexually abused in the military said that "soldiers are trained to take whatever they want, whether from fellow servicemen or Iraqi detainees, and they know they will be protected."

But going back to man-on-woman rape, I can see some possible advantages to drafting women. If soldiers rape women in towns, say near the base, well, that could be trouble. If there is a plentiful supply of women on the base, the Army (or Air Force, or Navy) has control over the victim

In 1992, Mackey quit the service, mainly because of the repeated incidences of sexual assault and domestic violence and other wrong-doing that she had seen go unpunished on the base. In 1994 she filed a civil lawsuit in a district court in Dayton, Ohio against the specific men who had assaulted her, including the superiors who abused her when she tried to report the previous assaults. The Justice Department decided to represent the defendants, so the case was moved to federal court. The Department of Justice attorney said the case should not be brought to trial on the grounds that it constituted a threat to national security, representing a "disruption of good order, morale and discipline."

How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm, after they've seen Abu Ghraib?
Look, I'm really sorry about this.