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  •  I worked for the Navy as a civilian in the 70s/80s (3+ / 0-)

    In those days before women were on ships (And as that started to change), the Navy culture seemed very much to discourage marital fidelity. And I personally know (from bitter experience)  that many of the men who seemed to be fine upstanding citizens  had no compuctions about raping women. What I have observed since then living in a Navy town, I doubt that has changed much.

    I'm not saying all military members cheat, BTW. Just that their culture and the long deployments tend to encourage it. If you have been a military wife for awhile, I'd bet you have seen many marriage breakups over this issue.

    Military wives were the least supportive people of expanded roles for women in the military when I worked around miltary folks because they didn't want those hussies near their husbands.

    I think alot of these wives suspect their husbands cheat on them when they are deployed and they are afraid that those "awful" women will cry rape if they can.

    To me it is not at all suprising that they don't want to think about female service members being raped and they feel that they somehow deserve it for being where a good woman wouldn't be and that they are all sluts out to get their husbands and therfore don't deserve protection. You don't give support to people you view as the enemy.

    You are doing good work, it's an important issue. But I'm not in the slightest bit surprised the military wives aren't supportive.

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