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  •  I'm intrigued with the idea that you (1+ / 0-)
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    seem to be so clueless about why this problem is so persistent and epidemic at this point.

    The internal reporting structure works against the victims.  The internal authorities are often inclined to cover these things up for fear that it would reflect badly on their command. Military culture has not adapted to the more modern view that women should be treated with equality.  There are assaults on men represented in these numbers, as well.  

    This self-selecting body that we call our military in the current era has grown sicker and sicker over the years.

    Enlisting people who are not wed to or loyal to protecting the military institutions at the expense of victims of these crime and who are skilled in victim and predator management seems like the only viable plan for changing the trend in this culture.  

    How many senior military personnel are experts in responding sexual assault crimes?  Some may argue - especially in light of the Arlington arrest - that the military personnel who know anything about sexual assault are the same people who are the predators in these cases. Another good reason to move this clean up initiative outside of the military ranks.

    •  That's all in your head. (0+ / 0-)

      Curious, though:

      How much military experience do you have?

      I'll admit to being biased.
      I was a military brat who spent my formative years around military people.
      Not able to be neutral.

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      by dinotrac on Tue May 07, 2013 at 01:14:08 PM PDT

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      •  To clarify -- I am not referring to the scope (0+ / 0-)

        and significance of the problem as being in your head.

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        by dinotrac on Tue May 07, 2013 at 01:54:11 PM PDT

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