Is Rape a Reaction to Women in Military?
January 3, 2015
Victims are demanding compensation for post traumatic stress syndrome caused by sexual trauma. Do you sympathize or do you agree with jarhead1969 (below) who says women have no business in the military in the first place.
"The problem is growing more pressing because female veterans represent the military's fastest-growing population, with an estimated 2.2 million, or 10 percent, of the country's veterans. More than 280,000 female veterans have returned home from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. "
From "Refreshing News"
(abridged by henrymakow.com)
Thousands of female veterans are struggling to get health-care treatment and compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs on the grounds that they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by sexual trauma in the military. The veterans and their advocates call it "the second battle" -- with a bureaucracy they say is stuck in the past.
Judy Atwood-Bell was just a 19-year-old Army private when she says she was locked inside a barracks room at Fort Devens in Massachusetts, forced to the cold floor and raped by a fellow soldier.
For more than two decades, Atwood-Bell fought for an apology and financial compensation from VA for PTSD, with panic attacks, insomnia and severe depression that she recalls started soon after that winter day in 1981. She filled out stacks of forms in triplicate and then filled them out again, pressing over and over for recognition of the harm that was done.
The department labels it "military sexual trauma" (MST), covering any unwanted contact, including sexual innuendo, groping and rape.
A recent VA survey found that 1 in 4 women said they experienced sexual harassment or assault. And the problem is growing more pressing because female veterans represent the military's fastest-growing population, with an estimated 2.2 million, or 10 percent, of the country's veterans. More than 280,000 female veterans have returned home from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
About two weeks ago, when Atwood-Bell checked the department's Web site, she was stunned to discover that the agency had accepted her claim for compensation.
"It's taken over 20 years, and that should've never happened," said Atwood-Bell, who retired as a sergeant first class and lives in New Hampshire, her voice cracking with emotion. "My fight is not over. It's not done for so many other women out there. I want to help them to get what we are entitled to."
The Pentagon has been conducting a high-profile campaign to prevent sexual attacks and punish offenders amid concerns that defense officials neglected these assaults for years.
But advocacy groups say VA has been slow to adjust to the rising number of women in the military.
Some health centers, for instance, only recently opened female restrooms. Women who go to VA centers for treatment say they are routinely asked whether they are waiting for their husbands or are lost. And while there are a few showcase centers for female veterans, a third of VA medical centers lack a gynecologist on staff...
Female veterans, in part, are pressing for more VA centers that specifically treat military sexual trauma, with separate waiting rooms for women and child care...
But advocates say thousands of female veterans confront an even larger problem: They are unable to get disability compensation benefits for sexual trauma because they do not have enough paperwork to support their claims. Advocacy groups and VA officials blame a culture of secrecy and denial inside the military that heavily discourages women from reporting sexual assault...
Elena M. Giordano says she was raped about 10 years ago by two men on separate occasions while serving aboard a Navy aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean as an airman apprentice. When she reported the attacks, she says, Giordano was discharged with "pre-existing personality disorder," a label that advocates say is often applied by military officers to women who report rape.
jarhead 1969 comments
Women voluntarily join an army they know is male dominated and holds a warrior mentality. They demand co-habitation and training with the men, but with amends and considerations for the female frame. They "tease" the men just with their presence in the barracks and close quarters and accommodations have to be made, even in combat situations, for the female and her "privacy".
What insanity, and then the men, most of whom have never had any formal moral upbringing, no religious upbringing, coming from a Marxist indoctrinated public school system, are thrown into near co-habitation and close quarters with women who have a feminist mentality, who reject Christian morality and laws in general, both thrown into the arena of male testosterone and female estrogen, the clashing of natural attraction - and then they want to claim - PTSD - WOW.
And to top it all off, the entry of women into the ground or warrior units, has resulted in a ongoing dumbing down of male combat training, and the deliberate weakening of our military.
Women think subjectively, that is they think according to the ways things might be in accordance with their own vision. Men think objectively, the way things are and indicate what is to come. The promotion of women into leadership positions, commanding men and combat operations, training and units, has and is, debilitating our military and its preparedness.
First Comment from Richard:
Women have always been 'fair game' in the military. I can't speak for the Navy, Women I knew in the Army and Air Force told me about it too many years to chalk it off. There's always been a sexual subculture in the military bases network. It's not the entire system, it's an embedded percentage. To say the military is "rape culture" is exaggeration, but since the military is a rigid chain of command, poor enlistees are in trouble if assigned to a corrupt command.
A young woman stationed at Jacksonville Air Force Base told me that during a medical examination, the doctor offered her birth control pills. She declined, and the doctor frowned and told her she'd better take them - she was going to need them. He creeped her out so she tried to report the incident to her sergeant, but rebuked her for not taking a military doctor's 'orders'. She was assigned to work as a secretary for a Captain, who coerced her into submitting to intercourse from the rear leaned over his desk. While in this position, the framed photo of the Captain's wife on the desk filled her field of vision. This continued for several months till the Captain 'traded' her to another officer on the base. This is a true story from 1974, so this isn't a new problem. Back then there was absolutely nothing the woman could do about it. Today there's probably
That's the kind of rape we're talking about, systemic exploitation of military command hierarchy.
I don't believe women should be in allowed in the military. Jarhead is right that placing young women in theater weakens military preparedness.
But we can't blame high school girls for signing up. The whole culture and government has been pushing female enlistment for on high school campuses for 50 years. Poor girls listen to the high school recruiters for the same reason the boys do: it's sold as a way out of a future flipping hamburgers. 'Learn a trade and see the world' - money for college, and VA benefits.
I think Jarhead has been trained not to lay blame on the chain of command and Capitol Hill for this problem, so he's blaming the victims. The problem is a government that's obsessed with a 'Gender free' society.