Despite all the hype, the numbers show that the military does a relatively good
job at prosecuting sexual assault, especially when compared with the civilian
justice system. DoD number show that in 2009-10, around 27% of reported sexual
assaults were referred to court-martial. Of those, roughly 47% resulted in a
guilty verdict for some crime, while 27% resulted in a conviction for the actual
assault. Meanwhile, in the civilian system only 14-18% of reported sexual
assaults went to trial, and the civilian conviction rate for rape is only 18%.
This is not to mention the fact that in the even if there is not enough evidence
to convict a Soldier, Sailor, Marine, or Airman beyond a reasonable doubt, they
can still be administratively separated (fired) from the military, lose all VA
benefits, and go through life with the stigma of an other than honorable
discharge. Moreover, the military EXPECTED the number of reported sexual
assaults to go up based on a variety of programs designed to invite victims to
come forward. Sexual assault is a terrible crime whether in the military or out.
But it's time to get over the hysteria and look at the facts.
Some people commit crimes, trivial or serious. Usually criminal acts result in
prosecution, and the military services indeed take sexual assault seriously and
the guilty are punished, and those falsely accused are set free.However, given that the vast majority of service members are in the late teens
and early 20s, the urge for sexual activity is strong, and mixing genders in
tight quarters increases the risk of inappropriate conduct. The abysmal
standards of behavior and sexual promiscuity in the "entertainment"
media, and by celebrity (not celibate!) figures in Hollywood and the political
ranks send the message that promiscuity is the norm, and that it is no big deal.
Thus undermining the law (UCMJ) service members are subject to. Paradoxically, those arguing for more mixed gender assignments in the military
(DACOWITS, NOW and other feminist groups) are the ones who scream the loudest
when their demands have unintended consequences.Hours of preventive
"training" is a waste of time and ineffective, so stick with punishing
the guilty.Anyone talking about lax enforcement needs to first
demand our immigration laws are enforced to the letter!
Granted that allegations are not established fact and that all categories of
forceful sexual misbehavior are lumped together.... if there are problems in the
military (and yes, probably there are some) of this nature that some thought
might be given to whether it is a good idea for men and women to work in
military environments closely together, political correctness aside. Men (like
women) are sadly not always angelic, sad though this is, and some difficulties
might have been anticipated and pre-empted.The picture accompanying
the article does suggest that there is in an unequal ratio, involves unequal
ranks, and that the uniform for the woman might be more practical than one in
which a narrow skirt is worn that is well above the knee even when the wearer is
standing up. I'm trying to be pragmatic and a military
environment in which there are thousands of men of widely differing characters
sequestered from legitimate relationships for long periods of time might pose
predictable problems when women are introduced to the mix. Of course it is far
more important that the brave new world of the liberal imagination be realized
than for common sense to prevail.