Friday, May 2, 2014

US: Sexual Abuse Complaints in US Military Increase by 50% in 2013, Washington Calls This a Positive?

According to The Latin American Tribune, sexual abuse complaints in the US Armed Forces increased by 50% in 2013.

The downside is that the US Department of Defense (DOD) very strangely views the dramatic increase as a positive, pointing out that from Washington's perspective, the increase is reflective of victims' reporting sexual harassment, assault and rape as a "positive" trend.

In Fiscal Year 2013, which ended September 30, 2013, a total of 5,061 sexual abuse complaints were received, compared to 3,374 cases the previous year.

“Sexual assault is a clear threat to the lives and the well-being of the women and men who serve our country in uniform. It destroys the bonds of trust and confidence that lie at the heart of our armed forces,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at a press briefing.  

COMMENT: It has so often been said that "90% of all statistics can be made to support any position." 

The bureaucracy that renders Washington, DC "pencil-pushers" as a virtual art-form can be characterized by the following quote:

“There is no indication that this increase in reporting constitutes an increase in crime,” Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, director of the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, said at the briefing. “We assess that this unprecedented increase is consistent with a growing confidence in the response systems,” he said.

If I hear any bureaucrat precede a statement with the word "consistent," I may well scream out of frustration.   

Even though the US Armed Forces report that 73% of  those accused were ultimately disciplined because there was sufficient proof against them, the fact is that predominantly women in the US military shudder in fear that a superior will take advantage of them, if not today, tomorrow.

The bottom-line is that predominantly women in the US military have more to fear from their superiors than they do from enemies of the state. What a pity!