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  •  Thank you for educating, but wow. (0+ / 0-)

    You asked, "These women volunteered to serve your country, our country, to protect you! Do you have any idea what is happening to them?"

    I know a little that's come through news stories. Outside of that, well, I'm not in the military, so how would I know except for people like you who talk about it? The military is not known for being transparent. You pointed out yourself how very few Kos entries we've had on it, and how that was shameful, but then implied that those few entries should have fully informed everyone about everything, and if it didn't then we must all agree with Liz Trotta that women should expect to be raped. That's a huge jump. A massive false negative assumption.

    Your outrage and frustration is so genuine and so true.  I've signed things and written emails in the past to try to help. Thank you for providing more links. I signed the petition.

    It is frustrating to have someone say that since I haven't commented on six diaries on one specific website on the entire web, therefore I don't care what's happening to military women, or women in general, and think that women should just expect to be raped, etc., etc. As I said, a huge jump, and not a warranted one.

    You have many allies here on Kos. Here, more than many other places. Fortunately for you, that will continue to be true and your cause will continue to have supporters no matter how much you blame them and make incorrect and horrible assumptions about them.

    Perhaps you haven't read as many of those news stories as I have; perhaps you haven't read the comments afterward. It might lift your spirits to do that. There are a lot of people out here who care very much about what happens to women in general and military women specifically. Thanks for noticing your allies. No snark. It helps.

    Here are some sample links to media stories. (Google "women military rape" for more stories.) I especially recommend "Why Soldiers Rape" because even in civilian life the focus is almost entirely on what the victims do -- not on what the rapists do, as it should be.

    "Sexual Assault in Military Jaw-Dropping"

    "The Scandal of Military Rape"

    "Why Soldiers Rape"

    "1/3 of Women in U.S. Military Raped"

    I am not a crockpot.

    by LaraJones on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 12:05:26 PM PST

    •  As an MST Survivor and... (0+ / 0-)

      an educated one at that, I've read the above articles already.

      And I'm one of that 1/3 of Women in the U.S. Military who have been raped...

      I am a disabled veteran due to my PTSD which is a result of the MST I endured. I intend to share a bit of my story.

      I'm a member of on line veteran groups, as well as groups who meet in person. The amount of other veterans I've encountered who have shared their stories, and have passed on articles, videos, and information from media outlets, veteran sources, and DOD sources is staggering.

      However, the media sources are certainly not mainstream, and if they are, they are, for the most part, on line sources which are not read as widely as they should be.

      The mainstream media isn't covering the problem. They never have. They won't unless, and until, the general public demands it.

      And as for this statement within the article, "Why Soldiers Rape"... "The answer appears to lie in a confluence of military culture, the psychology of the assailants and the nature of war."... I can't help but shake my head.

      Rape actually happens more behind the lines and on bases here in the United States. I'll see if I can find the article which sites those statistics, but it certainly doesn't surprise me at all. I'm not only advocating and speaking for our women who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also for those who served as far back as the 1970's.

      This has been an issue for decades.

      My rapes and sexual assaults (multiple) happened during the early 1980's. This is nothing new to the military, nor to the DOD.

      What is new is that military veterans are finally finding the courage to speak out.

      But there is still a problem; a huge disconnect between the civilian world and the military world. This idea that this is a military problem and that civilians can do nothing about it.

      Yes, I'm angry and this is evident within my post. I've been writing about this issue, Military Sexual Trauma and the effects of it (PTSD) for quite some time now in other spaces, and what I have discovered is a serious lack of desire from those who have never served in the military, and even some who have but have fortunately never experienced MST, to ignore this massive pink elephant in the room... the desire to sweep it under the rug and pretend it isn't a problem... or worse yet, pretend it isn't their problem.

      But it is.

      Because those who experience the resulting PTSD cost the taxpayers millions of dollars. And unless something is done to stop this rape culture, in the military and out of it, our economy will continue to feel the incredible pain of the effects of MST.

      "One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye." - The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

      by RoseWeaver on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 04:20:42 PM PST

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    •  By the way... (0+ / 0-)

      You state the military is not known for being transparent, then go on to list four articles for me to read (all of which have already been read).

      I thank you for listing the articles. However, a point I'd like to make is that you found information.

      And there is a ton more out there to find if you want to find it... and it is incredibly easy to locate.

      I stand by my point. Daily Kos is a place filled with critical thinkers. But when I find only one post discussing Liz Trotta and her atrocious remarks about women in the military being raped, etc, and that post has only 29 comments, and yet... view the vast amount of posts on Rush Limbaugh with hundreds of comments on them, the disparity is quite discouraging.

      "One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye." - The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

      by RoseWeaver on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 05:27:15 PM PST

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