The title of a recently released CBS News article is “Hagel, Levin: Commanders should deal with sexual assault” (Web-site/URL: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57588942/democrats-at-odds-over-military-sexual-assault-bill/?tag=socsh).
“Democrats and activists looking for strong reforms in response to the military’s sexual assault crisis are upset with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s and Senate Armed Services chairman Sen. Carl Levin’s support to SOFTEN the legislation aimed at addressing the problem“. They should be “upset” and even ANGRY.
“Levin, D-Mich., said he intends to amend legislation that would give military prosecutors instead of commanders the authority to prosecute sexual assault crimes. The aim of the legislation, sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is to take the decision out of the chain of command and thereby encourage victims to come forward with less fear of retribution from their commanders”.
“Levin, however, has sided with military leaders who argue that taking the decision to prosecute out of the chain of command would UNDERMINE COMMANDERS’ AUTHORITY“. “commanders” ARE NOT SAINTS.
“At a Senate Armed Services Committee markup of the legislation Tuesday (June 11 2013), Levin said, “It is the chain of command that can establish the zero tolerance policy for sexual assault. … It is the chain of command that can and MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE IF IT FAILS TO CHANGE A MILITARY CULTURE“. There’s a taboo topic for POLITICIANS: ACCOUNTABILITY. “Commanders ought to have and use the tools that are the most effective in terms of CHANGING CLIMATE and affecting the behavior of people in their units and that’s to have available to them the power to send to A COURT MARTIAL“, which is a problem in and of itself because “court martials” don’t have JURIES.
“In a Senate Budget Committee hearing Wednesday (June 12, 2013), Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel explained his position”. “I don’t personally believe that you can eliminate the command structure in the military from this process because IT IS THE CULTURE. “It is THE INSTITUTION“. Sexual assault in the military is “the culture” and “the institution?” THAT IS VERY DISTURBING/TROUBLING. “It is THE PEOPLE WITHIN THAT INSTITUTION THAT HAVE TO FIX THE PROBLEM and that’s the culture. THE PEOPLE ARE THE CULTURE, so I DON’T KNOW how you disconnect that from the accountability of command“. “the people within that institution” are clearly NOT “(fixing) the problem”, so Hagel is basically saying that he “(doesn’t) know how” to “fix the problem” and that, again, is VERY DISTURBING/UNSETTLING.
Gillibrand disagreed,…: “The victims tell us they do not report because of chain of command,” and because some commanders foster a climate of RETALIATION for allegations of sexual assault“. “retaliation”, of course, is REVENGE, which in turn is an “Ambassador of Doom” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7cmuRLwME).
“Budget Committee chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said, “This is an APPALLING situation that seems to get WORSE by the day. We need A CULTURAL OVERHAUL“. THIS WILL NOT BE EASY. “We need to create a system where the protection and safety of the victims IS UNQUESTIONABLE (?), a system where THOSE WHO COMMIT THESE CRIMES and THOSE WHO ALLOW FOR THIS BEHAVIOR (to occur) are punished“. Again, we have to wonder: WILL THIS HAPPEN?
“Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., a co-sponsor of Gillibrand’s bill, said Wednesday (June 12, 2013) that Levin’s plan is “OUTRAGEOUS” and JUSTIFIABLY SO.
“A Pentagon report found that there were an estimated 26000 sexual assaults last year (2012) and the vast majority WENT UNREPORTED” again because of FEAR OF RETALIATION/RETRIBUTION/REVENGE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7cmuRLwME).
Boxer went on: “The main PROBLEM is keeping all this in the chain of command and as a result of this non-reporting problem that we have, we’ve got thousands of felons walking around the military and thousands coming out of the military and walking around our streets“, which, again, is a SERIOUS problem/concern. “This is a DANGEROUS situation. (and) IT HAS TO BE FIXED“. The question once again is: WILL “it…be fixed?” and once again, the answer is most likely NO because POLITICIANS are NOTORIOUSLY slow at doing things, IF they get done at all.
“Trina McDonald, a military sexual assault survivor who has been mobilizing public support for reform, said in a statement that she is DISAPPOINTED IN Levin”. “I know FIRSTHAND that this is a problem that the military has tried to SWEEP UNDER THE RUG for TOO MANY years. The actions taken by Chairman Levin today (June 12, 2013) will only make it EASIER for the military to continue to look the other way and fail to address the epidemic of rape in the military in any MEANINGFUL way“. McDonald certainly ISN’T the only one “disappointed” in POLITICIANS (Web-site/URL: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/13/poll-congress-new-level-of-awfulness/?hpt=hp_t2).
Finally, “Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said at the Senate Armed Services Committee markup Wednesday (June 12, 2013)”, “Our main problem is the military doesn’t even know how many rapes and sodomies they have. … What a better place to be a roving predator than the military that moves you all the time. Don’t think this is over once this … becomes law because WE HAVE JUST BEGUN“, so WHO KNOWS when victims of rape in the military can get any answers or closure.
To conclude, the problem of sexual assault IS NOT confined/restricted to the military. It has everything to do with THE PERCEPTION that women are SUPPOSED TO BE WEAK. This is especially true in EGYPT, SYRIA, NORTH KOREA, CHINA, HONG KONG and TAIWAN. This creates an especially troublesome situation because a typical situation in SHANGHAI would start by a girl/woman asking the man she’s dating how much he can PROVIDE for her…FINANCIALLY. If the girl is unsatisfied with this, IT CAN GET REAL UGLY…REAL FAST, especially if the girl/young woman’s PARENTS are, involved as they often are. In every other country in the world women are fighting to BE EMPOWERED or IF they do in fact believe that a woman’s place is inside the home, at least they’re NOT screaming this out in public. THIS MUST CHANGE. If a woman is perceived to be WEAK and she goes along with it, THAT IS A SETUP for manipulation or at least another version of “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).