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Sexual Abuse Factory
by Sudhama Ranganathan
Email: uconnharassment (nospam) gmail.com
18 May 2013
When we think of the US military, we think of things like honor, pride and courage. For us, the people in the military are supposed to represent the best people our country has to offer. If they weren't 100 percent going in, that's alright, because we expect our military to forge the finest steel out of whatever raw material our country feeds them in the form of recruits. We expect them to be trained and honed, such that they leave with the utmost discipline, finest character and an understanding of service to one's countrymen and countrywomen.
There should be an automatic instinct to protect all those of our nation, represented by the flag itself. There should be no exception, doubt or hesitation when it comes to this, for this is what we mean by forging the finest steel out of raw recruits. We don't expect perfection, as we understand part of nature's perfectness is in the very nature of its imperfections. No matter what drugs we're pumped with or training we endure, none of us can escape the reality of our humanity.
The way we have viewed our military service members that are male is to see them as officers & gentlemen. We believe that, for the most part that is how they comport themselves. They are our military and we believe them to be of the highest caliber, an example to all soldiers worldwide. That is our ideal. That is our hope.
However, it may be our fantasy. It may be that we're beginning to realize what we've always taken for granted about the character of those serving us in uniform, may be off a bit. Well, that's the case with regards to the men, anyway.
We always knew military service members enjoyed drinking and letting loose as a part of their r&r, and they deserve it. If that's how they want to unwind, as long as they are responsible about it, why not? Unfortunately there is a certain culture of acceptance of one of the lowest most depraved things a human being can do to another, and it is committed by American soldiers against other American soldiers.
In 2011 a Huffington Post article reported, "the Department of Defense issued its Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military. First conducted in 2004, this report has helped shine a light on the severity and scope of the crisis of rape in the US military. The disturbing statistics that have been reported include the stunning estimate that, in FY 2010, there were 19,000 sexual assaults among Active Duty personnel.
"The 2011 report validates our worst fears. The data shows that the military's handling of sexual assaults is getting worse, much worse." (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nancy-parrish/rape-in-the-military_b_14345)
UPI reports, "Statistics show in the active-duty Army, the number of reported violent sex crimes such as rape, sexual assault and forcible sodomy increased every year between 2006 and 2011. In 2011, the latest year for which statistics are available, 2,290 violent sex crimes were committed in the Army, up 5 percent from 2010 and an increase of nearly 9 percent over 2009." (http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/07/09/Reported-violent-sex-crimes-up/)
It just seems as if the culture of rape and sexual abuse is so pervasive, even people that are tasked with preventing and handling sexual abuse act as if raping people is something actually taught to male recruits in boot camp. In early May, 2013 CBS News reported, "An Air Force officer was arrested for sexual assault. The remarkable thing is the accused man was the chief of the Air Force sexual assault prevention unit.
"The mug shot of Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski shows signs of struggle on his face. The police report alleges that a drunken Krusinski 'approached a female victim in a parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks.' The victim fought the suspect off as he attempted to touch her again and alerted police." (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57583128/air-forces-sexual-assault/)
One week later, ABC news reported, "The manager of the sexual harassment and assault response program at Fort Campbell, Ky., was arrested in a domestic dispute and relieved of his post, authorities said Thursday.
"Lt. Col. Darin Haas (HAHZ') turned himself in to police in Clarksville, Tenn., late Wednesday on charges of violating an order of protection, and stalking, authorities said Thursday." (http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/head-fort-campbell-harassment-program)
In April 2013, the Washington Post reported, "After lengthy investigations, the Pentagon has determined that three Army generals committed misconduct in separate incidents, adding to an unusually long list of senior military commanders who have been censured over the past year.
"[...] defense officials confirmed that Army Maj. Gen. Ralph O. Baker, the commander of a strategic counterterrorism force on the Horn of Africa, was fired March 28 on charges of sexual misconduct. Two officials familiar with the case said Baker was investigated for allegedly groping a female civilian employee after he had been drinking.
"In addition, documents obtained by The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Pentagon's inspector general upheld misconduct allegations against two Army lieutenant generals last year: David H. Huntoon Jr., the superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; and Joseph F. Fil Jr., a former commander in South Korea and Iraq. Neither episode had previously been disclosed by the Pentagon." (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/pentagon-probe-fin)
For years women in the military have been raped, and when they reported the matter, the best they could hope for was that the military would ignore it. But, women have been punished for reporting, and the extent of it goes beyond ostracization, and/ or in house harassment. Women have been demoted, and transferred to less than desirable postings as punishment for reporting. Further, they have watched as their rapists get away Scott-free, while the women that were raped get charged with adultery and have even been dishonorably discharged and penalized. (How cowardly.) Unfortunately, none of that is exceptional, it's the norm in such cases.
Most often, the people the women are supposed to report to, as chain of command goes, is a good friend of their rapist, and at times the rapist themselves. What's worse is, instead of displaying what it means to be "an officer and a gentleman", the people the women report to, in cases when it isn't the actual rapist themselves, in the majority of cases, simply cover it up. It's as though they are taught the women supposed to be protected under the flag they wave are nothing. Ironically enough, it was a woman that made the original American flag in the first place.
This culture of rape follows many soldiers into the private sector, as private military contractors that were trained during their service, have had a sordid history with rape, human slavery, pedophilia and pederasty. The culture of covering such behavior also extends outside the military, as I was to find out when I contacted the State Department when under Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. (http://www.lawsuitagainstuconn.com/statedepartment.html) Just as people try and cover up the harassment of Christians in Israel. (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57417408/christians-of-the-holy-la/)(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9529123/Vatican-official-says-I)
When is the US military going to man up and include not raping women as part of what they consider to be the actions of officers and gentlemen? Surely there can't be any preponderance of folk in the military, or any related agencies, that believe, deep down, that women deserve to be raped, just by the very nature of their being women? Surely not ...
To read about my inspiration for this article go to www.lawsuitagainstuconn.com.
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