1/3rd of Women in US Military Raped

According to NPR, “In 2003, a survey of female veterans found that 30 percent said they were raped in the military. A 2004 study of veterans who were seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder found that 71 percent of the women said they were sexually assaulted or raped while serving. And a 1995 study of female veterans of the Gulf and earlier wars, found that 90 percent had been sexually harassed.”

The BBC recently reported on The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq by Helen Benedict. This book examines the extreme difficulties female soldiers have in serving abroad. Benedict interviewed several women in the military to get a deeper understanding of the issue, and some of their stories were real eye openers.

Army specialist Chantelle Henneberry spoke of some of her experiences in Iraq, “Everybody’s supposed to have a battle buddy in the army, and females are supposed to have one to go to the latrines with, or to the showers – that’s so you don’t get raped by one of the men on your own side. But because I was the only female there, I didn’t have a battle buddy. My battle buddy was my gun and my knife.”

Another study concluded that 90% of all women serving are sexually harassed. Another one estimates that 90% of all the rapes do not get reported, despite supposedly easier ways to report the crime with confidentiality since 2005. Either way, this appears to be an epidemic that needs to be dealt with.

An online discussion from a former soldier whose identity is being protected had this to say, “At least a rape ends. It’s the day-to-day degradation that eats at you. None of my friends who were raped on active duty reported it. Or if we tried, we were told to shut up for ‘morale.’ Working with your rapist on a daily basis isn’t a lot of fun, believe me.”

How the military is dealing with this appears to demonstrate a pattern of sweeping it under the rug. In 2008, 62% of those that were convicted of sexual assault or rape received very lenient punishments such as demotion, suspension, or a written reprimand.

This problem is not confined to the US military either. This abuse is rampant among private defense contractors overseas as well, as recently highlighted by the recent press about Jamie Leigh Jones. Ms. Jones was in Iraq in 2005 when seven Halliburton/KBR employees drugged and brutally gang-raped her. Her injuries were so extensive that she had lacerations to her vagina and anus, her breast implants were ruptured, and her pectoral muscles torn. The response of KBR was to lock her in a shipping container with only a bed, and to deny her food, water, and medical treatment. The rape kit that was taken after she regained consciousness was mysteriously lost.

This crime eventually led to an amendment being added to the defense appropriations bill by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). This would require defense contractors to allow their employees access to US courts in cases of rape or sexual assault, regardless of where they are stationed. The 30 Republican senators voted against this amendment are currently being humiliated on the Republicans for Rape website and by John Stewart on the Daily Show.

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The culture of sexual violence against women that is allowed to exist in both the US military and private contractors needs to come to an end. When almost a third of all women serving are raped, and over two thirds sexually assaulted, this problem is rampant and systemic.


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289 Responses to 1/3rd of Women in US Military Raped

  1. -60 Vote -1 Vote +1Goldfinger
    January 27, 2010 at 4:07 am

    What about all the lonely GI’s who sit in remote fox-holes who do each other all the while thinking they are serving their country with honor, killing woman, children ?

    • -23 Vote -1 Vote +1troylesscount
      February 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm

      you’re disgusting. you should join the afghan army where you belong.

  2. -148 Vote -1 Vote +1decembre
    January 27, 2010 at 6:48 am

    A good soldier is a dead soldier

    • +36 Vote -1 Vote +1sara
      January 29, 2010 at 10:45 am

      really? “a good soldier is a dead soldier”? i AM a soldier currently serving overseas. if you enjoy the freedom to insult the people fighting for and protecting that freedom why dont you try serving yourself? thank you for wishing death upon me, my friends, my comrades, and my family, who also serve…you piece of crap

      • +57 Vote -1 Vote +1troylesscount
        February 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm

        You soldiers should not do this to women. End of story.
        And the stats are horrendous. 90% get harassed?. 30% get raped? Unbelievable.

    • +7 Vote -1 Vote +1Navy VET
      January 29, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      I would love to drop your ass overseas and put you in the line of fire and see what you think about soldiers then. I’m sure you’d be crying for a soldier to come save your pathetic ass.

      • +21 Vote -1 Vote +1javver
        February 2, 2010 at 1:52 am

        Chill guys. He’s just a troll trying to get people fired up. Give him a thumbs down and ignore.

  3. -29 Vote -1 Vote +1jim tompson
    January 27, 2010 at 7:01 am

    it does happen the other way round a squad leader in a diff company got me drunk and took advantage of me but i had a crush on her ,but still did not want it to happen

    • -12 Vote -1 Vote +1MuddyWaters
      January 29, 2010 at 9:21 pm

      Right so she MADE you drink. Oh come on. You wanted it.

      That’s what they say to women. No means yes.

      • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jim
        January 30, 2010 at 4:36 pm

        F you she made the drink i didnt know she was putting more in mine . and i didnt want it to happen bc it destroyed our friendship so screw you muddy waters

    • +9 Vote -1 Vote +1inter-something
      January 31, 2010 at 12:07 pm

      Oh neat! So it happens the other way around 1 time, as opposed to thousands upon thousands of time with violence and without one’s memory being fogged. Are you saying this someone makes it okay to rape women — because it happens the other way around too?

      • +3 Vote -1 Vote +1bob
        February 1, 2010 at 7:21 am

        inter you must b out of your mind

  4. +59 Vote -1 Vote +1fromtheoutsidein
    January 27, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Rape is now legal?
    Those rapists should be raped in prison along with those politicians who have just legalized it.
    Talk about missing the point, these are the fktards who run your country.

    HH

    • +79 Vote -1 Vote +1raincrow
      January 27, 2010 at 10:40 am

      Nobody should be raped in prison. This problem will continue to exist until we stop teaching children that sexual violence and other extreme forms of imposing dominance/power are acceptable. This is an ingrained, world-wide cultural issue, and rape in prison is just another way of perpetuating the problem.

  5. -19 Vote -1 Vote +1Dillan
    January 27, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Remember. If you can’t stand behind them, you’re welcome to stand in front of them… so they can rape you.

  6. +16 Vote -1 Vote +1Terri
    January 27, 2010 at 8:51 am

    1/3 of women in the military raped. Shocking, but I would posit that many more women are raped and sexually assaulted in civilian life too. And I would posit, that just as many don’t report it, fear retaliation and don’t report it. I often wonder if this is a symptom of patriarchal structures and their decay or perhaps a symptom of perhaps even a consumptive culture… like an empty ghost syndrome, which reflects back to those patriarchal structures that may very well be in decay. In any case, women and girls are assaulted with great frequency in military and civilian life, and it seems to be encouraged in many channels of our western culture. Even the system itself continues and encourages this victimization when processing the crime. Sickness, really.

    • +55 Vote -1 Vote +1javver
      February 2, 2010 at 2:19 am

      Not in any way downplaying rape in civilian life, but do you see the irony of having to fight alongside your rapist? Do you see the absurdity of serving your country and being raped by your comrades?

      That is why this story stands out.

      Furthermore, at least in civilian life we have the proper channels to report rape. In the military and corrupt factions like KBR, you don’t even get that recourse.

    • -30 Vote -1 Vote +1confused
      February 2, 2010 at 2:45 am

      This number (33%) seems very exagerated! That means that of the 20 women in my unit, 6.6% of them have been raped? If that were the case, we, the unit, would not be functional. 7 raped individuals in a unit would definetly effect morale and we (the rest of the unit) would difinetely know that something was up.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1troylesscount
      February 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm

      Sure but not at these rates!
      These rates are comparable to rates in sub saharan africa.

  7. -41 Vote -1 Vote +1Dee in Texas
    January 27, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Well, what’s so surprising about that?
    Libs have been teaching our citizens for the last 30 years that “if it feels good, do it” because there is no right or wrong – only getting what you want is important.
    THIS is what you get when you teach an entire generation to only value themselves and their momentary urges.
    Enjoying the results, are you?

    • +29 Vote -1 Vote +1Liam
      January 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm

      This is one of the most ridiculous arguments I have ever heard.

      Congratulations.

      • -10 Vote -1 Vote +1bob klinck
        January 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm

        You don’t make an argument by calling a thesis ridiculous. Explanation, please?

        • -1 Vote -1 Vote +1joe z
          January 27, 2010 at 4:58 pm

          I’ve sat in AA meetings in the “Ham;tons” (Playground of Wall Street), and have heard verbatim, “there is no right or wrong, just consequences, and even those most of the time”. that pretty much sums it up in a nut shell. BTW, these were “people” with a great deal of “sobriety” and clean time, plus millions and millions of dollars, net worth. so there it is. forever, “common morality” has always trickled down from the elite. always has and always will. read some history why don’t ya !?

          • -81 Vote -1 Vote +1Fred W
            January 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm

            Women should not be in the military.

            • +130 Vote -1 Vote +1digger
              January 28, 2010 at 12:56 am

              Neither should rapists.

              • -60 Vote -1 Vote +1dugger
                January 28, 2010 at 1:15 am

                How can you say that?! Rapists are people too and deserve all of the opportunities afforded to regular people.

              • +61 Vote -1 Vote +1sara
                January 29, 2010 at 10:48 am

                i am a woman in the military and proud to be. people should have enough self control to keep it in their pants. rapists are people, yes. but terrible people. there’s reason we put them in prison.

            • +50 Vote -1 Vote +1Navy VET
              January 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm

              You can go screw yourself. I proudly served my country and I was also sexually harassed by my superiors. I also shot better and worked harder than most of the men.

            • -21 Vote -1 Vote +1Tiffany
              January 30, 2010 at 2:04 pm

              Some of the posts are completely OUTRAGEOUS,ignorant and inaccurate. I proudly served 9 years and would do it again ANY DAMN DAY! Yeah thats right- I m a FEMALE, recruited from Americas “bottom of the barrell, scum” and proudly married to a NAVY CHIEF- who also was recruited from the same barrell! Its appalling that there are such ignorant people … See Morein America that think that military men or woman are rapists, or bottom of society recruits! Shameful!Oh yeah and the 1/3 number is completely inaccurate! DO YOUR HOMEWORK people!

    • +38 Vote -1 Vote +1troylesscount
      February 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm

      this is a spurious argument. must you turn anything into a political point of view?
      Rape is wrong end of story.

  8. -34 Vote -1 Vote +1Menelaus
    January 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Here’s what the NPR article says,

    “In 2003, a survey of female veterans found that 30 percent said they were raped in the military. A 2004 study of veterans who were seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder found that 71 percent of the women said they were sexually assaulted or raped while serving. And a 1995 study of female veterans of the Gulf and earlier wars, found that 90 percent had been sexually harassed.”

    Saying that 30% of PTSD patients claim to have been raped is different than 30% of women in the military being raped.

    Ole Ole Olson you are a liar! You deliberately reworded the NPR report and changed the context of its meaning for your own gain.

    LIAR LIAR LIAR!

    And the rest of you who bought into this lie without even reading the NPR article are a bunch of man haters. OR should I just say you are feminist sympathizers. Same difference!

    • +30 Vote -1 Vote +1Liam
      January 27, 2010 at 1:45 pm

      Actually, it’s you who is misreading the article.

      “In 2003, a survey of female veterans found that 30 percent said they were raped in the military”

      This is not PTSD sufferers, this is TOTAL veterans.

    • +14 Vote -1 Vote +1Llynda
      January 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      … I just read that paragraph from the NPR article, and both that one and this one say:

      “In 2003, a survey of female veterans found that 30 percent said they were raped in the military.”

      Word for word. That’s not 30% of PTSD patients claiming rape. That’s 30% of female veterans of the military saying they were raped. And what personal gain would this author have by twisting the words…? A stoke to their ego for presumably exaggerating facts? Isn’t that just what you wanted by pointing out what you misinterpreted?

      • +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Menelaus
        January 27, 2010 at 2:14 pm

        You are both wrong. In the 2004 they included both rape and sexual assault in the 70% statistic that they lumped together. That study group was women being treated for PTSD.

        And in the 2003 study of female veterans they said that 30% of the women polled claimed to have been raped and which is different than saying that 30% of all women in the military were raped.

        Learn the English language. The intent of wording it that was is to lead you to apply the data to all women in the military instead of just the women polled.

        And how did they select those women polled? In the 2004 study they reveal they are women who are being treated for PTSD.

        • Vote -1 Vote +1Menelaus
          January 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm

          Why don’t you ask yourself why they lumped rape and sexual assault together?

          The reason is because the rape statistic would still be around 30% and they would give away the fact that the original study was also of veterans with PTSD.

          Tools.

        • +11 Vote -1 Vote +1Brad
          January 27, 2010 at 3:09 pm

          If you doubt the validity or reliability of the methodology, you may fact check it. I believe the study is titled “Factors Associated With Women’s Risk of Rape in the Military Environment” and may be found easily with a simple search.

          In the abstract it says that the method consists of “A national cross-sectional survey of 558 women veterans serving in Vietnam or in subsequent eras was obtained through structured telephone interviews.” The result states that “Rape was reported by 28%…”

          • +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Brad
            January 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm

            Your use of the ad hominem doesn’t help win sympathy for your position, btw.

          • -3 Vote -1 Vote +1Menelaus
            January 27, 2010 at 6:00 pm

            How can you get a picture of rape in the military from women who served during different time periods. How can you say that 30% of women are raped today by interviewing a woman who served in Vietnam.

            558 women is not national. How did they select those women? What questions did they ask?

            In the 2004 study the said it was women being treated for PTSD. Why is that number so much higher than the 2003 study?

            • +23 Vote -1 Vote +1digger
              January 28, 2010 at 1:00 am

              The point is there’s too many rapes. You want to argue about the statistics? What’s your point? Maybe half of those women are lying, and it’s only 15% that are raped during their tour. That would make everything OK, right?

            • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Brad
              January 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm

              You can answer these questions yourself. Here’s the url to the website I used to find the article: google.com. Here’s the name of the article again so you don’t have to re-read my post: “Factors Associated With Women’s Risk of Rape in the Military Environment.” Keep the quotation marks. It will give you more relevant hits.

              • +17 Vote -1 Vote +1s
                January 29, 2010 at 10:53 am

                Why are we citing numbers as if to say that either of these arguments makes rape any different than it is. It’s rape whether it occurs to 1/3 of women in the military or 1/100 or you.

      • -65 Vote -1 Vote +1Goatse
        January 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm

        Women lie.

    • +12 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve
      January 27, 2010 at 6:56 pm

      Let’s look at the quote YOU ALREADY gave, once more shall we?

      “In 2003, a survey of female veterans found that 30 percent said they were raped in the military. A 2004 study of veterans who were seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder found that 71 percent of the women said they were sexually assaulted or raped while serving.”

      This is referring to TWO different studies, you clown, one of female veterans in 2003, which shows 30% raped and one of PTSD sufferers in 2004, showing 71% raped or sexually harrassed.

    • +9 Vote -1 Vote +1inter-something
      January 31, 2010 at 12:12 pm

      The details are similar enough to be equally concerning. What is more concerning are your consistent attempts to deny that there is an enormous problem about the mentality of men concerning women, not just in the military but in American (and other) society.

  9. -27 Vote -1 Vote +1David
    January 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Military personnel are the bottom of the barrel of society not fit for most jobs.
    so they end up in the military .
    you have everything from LA gangs to rapists.
    this is not the draft army it is the criminal army.
    they will torture murder rape and loot.
    many delight in the murdering of innocent Iraqis of which 2 million are dead
    since the the sanctions started.
    Most American people are Ignorant about their country and their military
    If your kids went to war they will come back criminals or at the least demented and tormented from the crimes they committed.
    All of them are guilty bar none.
    1/3 of Military woman raped 3/3 of Iraqis raped men and woman
    the pictures that Americans were not allowed to see was the raping and coercive sexual sickness that American society has been instilled with
    used on innocent Iraqis who did nothing to America. How could the US military murder all these people who were innocent ? the answer is the military is made up of the lowest denominator of society the scum of America.

    • +22 Vote -1 Vote +1Becky
      January 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm

      My sister and brother are both in the US Army, and let me tell you that both of them are very fit for civilian jobs! My sister completed college through ROTC and is now an Army nurse. Don’t call that “the bottom of the barrel of society.”

      • -26 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve
        January 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm

        David is right, sorry Becky.
        They are the bottom of the barrel.

      • +13 Vote -1 Vote +1Shea
        January 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

        I agree with you 100% Becky! My husband is currently an enlisted Marine and he is the kindest man anyone has ever met. He enlisted so he could help protect us and this is the thanks he and your brother and sister get? It’s disgusting. On a daily basis I see anywhere from 10-30 marines that he works with and I have never once felt remotely unsafe around them. In fact, I give them hugs thanking them for the work they are doing, PROTECTING us. If you can’t stand behind them feel free to stand in front of them.

        • +7 Vote -1 Vote +1digger
          January 28, 2010 at 1:06 am

          So they can rape you.

          A defensive war might be justified by your argument. But an invading and occupying another country? How does that make me any safer?

          Your leaders can’t protect you. They can only get you killed.

          • +8 Vote -1 Vote +1sara
            January 29, 2010 at 10:56 am

            you are absolutely IGNORANT!!! how can yo say the only people who serve are there only because they cant get another job. im a reservist, meaning i am both a soldier and civillian. im serving overseas right now, but have a regular job at home. my whole family is either serving or has served, many with college educations. we joined because we want to serve our country, not because we had no other choice.

      • +6 Vote -1 Vote +1labgeek
        January 29, 2010 at 8:13 pm

        I was active duty Army for 6 years, medical corps, discharged 2005. For the most part, Becks, Army is the bottom of the barrel. For the most part, the nurses suck. That’s a generalization, though, I’d like to believe there are exceptions (like me!), and I’m willing buy your sis is, too. But for the most part…

    • +8 Vote -1 Vote +1Cwolf88
      January 28, 2010 at 9:42 pm

      Actually DOD standards only allow about 25% of the population to join without further review.

      We have the highest quality military in the history of the US in terms of education and talent.

      A review of all recruits showed they are a diverse group from all socio-economic classes.

      Surveys, especially phone surveys, and especially sexual issues, are heavily influenced by question construction. When is the last time you answered a phone survey accurately? What would you do if someone called asking about your sexual history?

      In any case, at the end of the day it is a survey, regardless of methodology, and is not evidence.

      I like the Storaska approach. Ideally, the rapist should not leave the scene intact. Testicles and eyeballs are soft and can be crushed.

    • +23 Vote -1 Vote +1GonzoBobH
      January 30, 2010 at 6:36 pm

      Wow, that’s a lot of hate, brother.

      Personally, during my 24 years in the Army I met some crazy people, but also many very intelligent, compassionate and interesting people. Absolutely there were odd balls and losers, but no worse than in regular society (actually, far less and — there are some bat-shlt wackos in the civilian world, haha) .

      Your characterization of everybody in the military being the scum of the earth is obviously quite absurd.

      To be very honest, having recently spent 24 years in the Army, I did find the number of rapes estimated to be way higher than I would have estimated/guessed/speculated. But I agree, even if the number was 5% — more should be done.

      Hope you find something that makes you happy, David.

      ~ GBH

  10. -15 Vote -1 Vote +1telekinesis
    January 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    AMERICANS HAVE NO DISCIPLINE….A BUNCH OF WILD ANIMALS RAPING ANYTHING THAT MOVES!

    • +22 Vote -1 Vote +1digger
      January 28, 2010 at 1:07 am

      Oh yeah. I’ll bet your army is much more polite.

  11. -21 Vote -1 Vote +1Mr Wood
    January 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Last year like were 38,000 black male on white female rapes in the USA. So when you confine a young white females to a disproportionately large black male population such as the military would you really expect any different?

    • +11 Vote -1 Vote +1Cwolf88
      January 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm

      Sorry, absolutely inaccurate.

      The military demographics approximately mirror the rest of America. Although the military is about 80% male and 20% female (which varies widely by job specialty, e.g. no women in the infantry).

      The military could probably use a few more asians and hispanics.

      Although the military will not let in folks who state they are racist.

  12. +40 Vote -1 Vote +1CoqPhace Qillah
    January 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I feel so bad for that woman who woke up to find out that she was brutally raped. If I were her dad I would fly there and castrate each of those guys and make them eat their testicles.

  13. +10 Vote -1 Vote +1joe z
    January 27, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Once upon a time in America, members of “the Male Patriarchy”, to wit, fathers, sons and brothers, (why not throw into the mix Uncles and grandfathers too!) dealt with rape of “their women folk” with a terminal response . that custom declined. rape of “THE” women folk increased. it must be merely coincidence.

    • -19 Vote -1 Vote +1Menelaus
      January 27, 2010 at 6:03 pm

      yeah well men aren’t allowed to have power anymore. So now we have to sit helpless.

      Of course we still get the full measure of blame.

      • -2 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve
        January 27, 2010 at 7:03 pm

        Men were never allowed power, REAL MEN, don’t wait to be given it. They take it!

        If some pissant fake man ever attacked any of my women folk, I would not ask permission to kill/castrate the bastard, and I’d make sure the phony law didn’t get in my way.

        • +10 Vote -1 Vote +1digger
          January 28, 2010 at 1:10 am

          That’s right. You’re the only one allowed to rape your womenfolk!

  14. +9 Vote -1 Vote +1John Rohan
    January 27, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    http://www.shieldofachilles.net/2010/01/13-of-women-in-us-military-raped.html

    The actual number is 30%, not “one-third”, and it orginally came from a study published in the 2003 print version of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. The interviewees were a self-selected group of military women who served between 1961 and 1997 (so it has nothing to do with the current war on terror). Since the participants volunteered to come forward, it’s possible that may have skewed the results – I don’t know.

    But it was the only study to have a number anywhere near that high, and for that reason, certain people (when it fits their political agenda) love to quote it all the same. Most authors though, are at least able to attribute it to it’s source – Newsjunkie simply refers to NPR – so it’s actually a quote of a quote.

    Moreover, it’s extremely dishonest to claim “two thirds of women are sexually assaulted” – those stats came from women who were suffering from PTSD – not from all military women.

    • -13 Vote -1 Vote +1Menelaus
      January 27, 2010 at 7:38 pm

      Exactly my point. It’s dishonest but the anti-male culture in this country eats it up because there’s nothing so pleasing to those who hate men than another “study” which validates their own bigotry.

      • +18 Vote -1 Vote +1Laura
        January 31, 2010 at 6:10 pm

        Um, 30% is about a 3% different from 1/3. Yeah, the interviewees are self-selected but for all we know even more women who were victims of rape chose NOT to come forward and the numbers should be even higher.

        The article linked to doesn’t give any alternative studies, and his anecdotal evidence that he never heard about other rapes means absolutely nothing – rape is generally underreported and we have no way of knowing whether this is a person that a woman would feel comfortable discussing sexual assault with or not.

        It takes a pretty special, hate-filled person to read an article about what a massive problem rape is for women, and to come away thinking that America is anti-male.

        How often do we hear stories about people mutilating each other? Not very often, right? There’s no article “1/3 of people in military had their hands chopped off.” Because only a complete sicko would chop off someone’s hands. Rape should be like that. It should be incredibly uncommon, because only the level of complete sicko who would mutilate people would rape someone.

    • +23 Vote -1 Vote +1digger
      January 28, 2010 at 6:55 am

      Who cares what the exact number is? The point is that it’s a lot, and it’s been ongoing for a while. How much data would you need to convince you there’s a problem? You’re just looking for an excuse to distract people from the point.

  15. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1Pixie
    January 27, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I was raped…by a white guy. I have never served in the military. I had PTSD. It can happen to any woman or child, at any time. You are all tools. It’s because of the “scum” military that you have the freedom to be total tools..so bite me…

    • -29 Vote -1 Vote +1Menelaus
      January 28, 2010 at 12:20 am

      Actually the majority of rapes happen in late teens and early 20′s.

      Rape is ultimately an attempt to gain access to reproduction and women who are beyond reproductive years have the least to fear from rape. There are aberrations but closer examination of the mental condition of the rapist often shows he’s the exception that proves the rule.

      And while I myself bristle at insult to our military I will be the first to remind you that it’s been 60 years since we actually fought a war to protect our freedom.

      • +30 Vote -1 Vote +1Laura
        January 31, 2010 at 6:13 pm

        Rape is NOT “ultimately an attempt to gain access to reproduction”. What the hell? Please stop talking about things you know nothing about. Any reputable article about rape will say that rape is about power, not sex. . . and certainly not reproduction, that is ridiculous.

  16. +10 Vote -1 Vote +1uriel
    January 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    this is not an issue of numbers. what matters most is the issue that women are either sexually abused or raped. the word itself is unconsiderable.suppose to be they are the law enforcer it turned to be the way around. they became the victim…

    • -29 Vote -1 Vote +1Menelaus
      January 28, 2010 at 12:15 am

      If it’s not about numbers then why are they faking them?

      You are exactly the kind of person who will rationalize the further stripping away of basic constitutional and due process rights of men in order to protect an ethereal number of women from violence and rape.

      What was that they said about a society that trades away rights in pursuit of security? They deserve neither.

      Of course it’s just men’s rights so it’s OK.

      After all, we’re all equal, but women are more equal.

      Remember that line the next time you hear a feminist talk about “women’s special needs”.

      • +31 Vote -1 Vote +1digger
        January 28, 2010 at 7:01 am

        Who’s faking numbers? The person who wrote the article presented their numbers fairly enough. They probably couldn’t find more accurate ones because the military doesn’t keep very good accounts of that sort of thing.

        Who the hell is talking about taking away men’s rights? What, the right to rape women? And what are the special needs women have? The need not to get raped?

        You’re just being ridiculous. You’re spouting canned statements about how you hate feminists, even though it has nothing to do with the topic. You don’t have to be a feminist to not like rape.

      • +34 Vote -1 Vote +1inter-something
        January 31, 2010 at 12:14 pm

        What right of men’s are you protecting, exactly? The right to rape without consequence?

  17. -16 Vote -1 Vote +1Mihail
    January 27, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    There is a huge gap between us (Jews) and our enemies ­not just in ability but in morality, culture, sanctity of life, and conscience. They are our neighbors here, but it seems as if at a distance of a few hundred meters away, there are people who do not belong to our continent, to our world, but actually belong to a different galaxy.” Israeli president Moshe Katsav. The Jerusalem Post, May 10, 2001

    “The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want more”…. Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel at the time – August 28, 2000. Reported in the Jerusalem Post August 30, 2000

    ” [The Palestinians are] beasts walking on two legs.” Menahim Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, “Begin and the Beasts”. New Statesman, 25 June 1982.

    “The Palestinians” would be crushed like grasshoppers … heads smashed against the boulders and walls.” ” Isreali Prime Minister (at the time) in a speech to Jewish settlers New York Times April 1, 1988

    “When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle.” Raphael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Forces, New York Times, 14 April 1983.

    David Ben Gurion (the first Israeli Prime Minister): “If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti – Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault ? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?” Quoted by Nahum Goldmann in Le Paraddoxe Juif (The Jewish Paradox), pp121.

    “We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves.” Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, October 1983.

    “Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.” – Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001, to Shimon Peres, as reported on Kol Yisrael radio. (Certainly the FBI’s cover-up of the Israeli spy ring/phone tap scandal suggests that Mr. Sharon may not have been joking.)

    ” … we should prepare to go over to the offensive with the aim of smashing Lebanon, Trans-jordan and Syria… The weak point in the Arab coalition is Lebanon [for] the Moslem regime is artificial and easy to undermine. A Christian state should be established… When we smash the [Arab] Legions strength and bomb Amman, we will eliminate Transjordan, too, and then Syria will fall. If Egypt still dares to fight on, we shall bomb Port Said, Alexandria, and Cairo.” ” David Ben-Gurion, May 1948, to the General Staff. From Ben-Gurion, A Biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978.

    “We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.” Israel Koenig, “The Koenig Memorandum”

    Rabin’s description of the conquest of Lydda, after the completion of Plan Dalet. “We shall reduce the Arab population to a community of woodcutters and waiters” Uri Lubrani, PM Ben-Gurion’s special adviser on Arab Affairs, 1960. From “The Arabs in Israel” by Sabri Jiryas.

    “It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands.” Yoram Bar Porath, Yediot Aahronot, of 14 July 1972.

    “Spirit the penniless population across the frontier by denying it employment… Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly.” Theodore Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization, speaking of the Arabs of Palestine,Complete Diaries, June 12, 1895 entry.

    “One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.” — Rabbi Yaacov Perrin, Feb. 27, 1994 [Source: N.Y. Times, Feb. 28, 1994, p. 1]

    “We Jews, we are the destroyers and will remain the destroyers. Nothing you can do will meet our demands and needs. We will forever destroy because we want a world of our own.” (You Gentiles, by Jewish Author Maurice Samuels, p. 155).

    Now you tell me what Mel Gibson said that is anywhere near as morally offensive!

    I dare you!

    • +20 Vote -1 Vote +1Menelaus
      January 27, 2010 at 11:32 pm

      You’re on the wrong thread dude.

    • +3 Vote -1 Vote +1GonzoBobH
      January 30, 2010 at 6:42 pm

      Mel Gibson is extremely morally offensive!

      Good thing he’s an actor. My moral compass religiously ignores them.

      ~ GBH

  18. -15 Vote -1 Vote +1wolfie
    January 28, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Soldiers are trained to murder, destroy and humiliate others.
    Americans are taught every day that violence is ok, that theft, lying and the destruction of other people’s property is ok . Even that killing in the name of America and God is ok because only Americans are the good guys. Everybody else who questions this is evil and deserves to die. And some cry crocodile tears about rape? self-righteous hypocrites! Or do women have the
    holy right to murder and torture during work hours and then play the vulnerable females after hours?Violence begets violence- a simple law of nature

    • -13 Vote -1 Vote +1Simo
      January 28, 2010 at 8:32 am

      Spot on Wolfie. :)

      • +11 Vote -1 Vote +1Cwolf88
        January 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm

        The infantry is actually a small % of the total force structure.

        About 70+% of the military are support folks. Clerks, mechanics, medics, transportation, supply, communications, etc. When you move a military unit, you are moving an entire small city.

        The vast majority are bright, well-educated Americans who passed a lot of checkpoints to join who return to their communities better educated and experienced.

        Whether in the military or in civilian life, women have every imaginable job, do them well, and have the same rights as anyone. A female police officer is just as entitled as you are to be safe in her home.

    • +6 Vote -1 Vote +1GonzoBobH
      January 30, 2010 at 6:43 pm

      “Americans are taught every day that violence is ok, that theft, lying and the destruction of other people’s property is ok .”

      Ummm???, not true.
      What else do you have?

      ~ GBH

    • +12 Vote -1 Vote +1inter-something
      January 31, 2010 at 12:16 pm

      Americans aren’t *taught* those things, although they are subliminally encouraged by our media. It’s rather silly of you to think we’re indoctrinated into violence and murder by our schools, but we definitely do have problems with our society concerning male and female relations and that, I think, is where all this rape business is coming from.

  19. +14 Vote -1 Vote +1Uncle Draggi
    January 28, 2010 at 8:38 am

    wolfie said:
    “Soldiers are trained to murder, destroy and humiliate others.”

    Kid, I don’t know where you’re from, but that -is- =not= what our (U.S.) soldiers are trained to do. No, not even the so-called ‘army of criminals’ that some people seem to think we have.

    Yes, they’re trained to kill if and as =necessary= — there’s a big difference between that and “murder”. Since you’ve obviously never been in the military (of wherever you’re from), let me give you a ‘clue’ – free! It’s no damn fun no matter what the circumstances, and the nightmares never go away. BTDT.

    Yes, they’re trained to destroy, again, if and as =necessary=! Yes, it’s ‘easier’ to destroy inanimate things than it is to kill people, but that really isn’t saying much. There are still nightmares, et alia. BTDT, too.

    As for the “humiliate others” ..>sigh<.. geez, you really -are- 'clueless', aren't you. People aren't "trained" in that sort of stupidity, for a lot of reasons .. the primary one being that it's counter-productive, counter-survival, and counter-intelligent. Yes, "the enemy" (whoever it happens to be 'today') is belittled in training in an effort to make it easier for one to overcome one's natural reluctance to harm or kill another human being; if you don't get over that reluctance, you're as good as dead and will get your comrades killed. It's not an 'option'.

    Now, back to the actual topic of this article/discussion — it =really= doesn't make a damn bit of difference -what- the numbers are, does it? =ANY= number is unacceptable, and the -attitude- of 'sweep it under the rug' is, IMNSHO, at a bare minimum a Courts Martial offense with a minimum of a DD as outcome, period, full stop. Simply put, you're supposed to be soldiers, not common thugs, et al. And officers are supposed to be 'above' that, are supposed to 'set the example', are supposed to =lead= .. and it doesn't sound like they are, to put it mildly.

    Bottom line: being in the military is hard enough just as it is, one shouldn't have to worry about abuse, of -any- sort, from one's own 'buddies' as well. The fact that it does happen and is, essentially, ignored is just plain inexcusable.

    Uncle Draggi, US Army, 1963~66(+)

    • -3 Vote -1 Vote +1Obvious
      January 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm

      Killing for corporate profit is different from murder. I could not agree more. One is state sanctioned, with pieces of paper written from puppets who serve their elite masters. The other is unwarranted aggression leading to the death of another. I mean THESE PEOPLE refuse to rape themselves and their compatriots. We have to kill them!

    • -1 Vote -1 Vote +1wolfie
      January 29, 2010 at 9:26 pm

      Look Uncle Draggi- I think I can see where you are coming from and I suspect that you a different generation of soldiers where integrity actually meant something. You probably agree with me that today we are dealing with a different breed altogether. Many of these kids have no sense of integrity or ethics. They grew up watching violence on TV not only in the daily news but also as a form of entertainment.. This makes people who do not only respect others but themselves either.
      I still find all forms of political violence through the army or through the force of arms a stepping back in our evolutionary development. Especially in the light of recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that are based on lies, deception and frankly state terrorism through the most powerful nation in the world.
      Americans, especially are seen today as arrogant, cold blooded murderers without compassion or soul thanks to your previous president.. I know that there are many good and kind hearted Americans but unfortunately your government has let all of you down. I cannot understand how you can accept these traitors in your midst. enough said. This underlines , however, why I believe that there is so much violence between the sexes as well- I am not surprised but it is the result of attitudes and respect for one another and respect for yourselves.
      wolfie

    • -2 Vote -1 Vote +1MuddyWaters
      January 29, 2010 at 9:34 pm

      I suggest Sir Draggi that perhaps soldiers in your day had a little more integrity. Perhaps. Either way, it is enough of a problem that America starts wars and invades other countries based on lies but then to have corporations such as Haliburton and this other ugly mob profit from it. It is disgusting. Freedom? Democracy? B.S. Money! Greed! I am an American living overseas and I suffer great shame over the behavior not just of my government but of American corporations. Who are we to police the world?

      But back to the subject of the article. The statistics are not surprising. I suggest the behavior simply mirrors the mores of this great society! It happens every day in civilian life, on the streets, in schools, in corporations.

  20. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Obvious
    January 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    STOP THE PRESSES!!! People who MURDER FOR MONEY will also RAPE. Now this is news.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1Butcherboy
      January 31, 2010 at 12:25 pm

      this more or less sums it up, amusingly too

  21. -21 Vote -1 Vote +1Menelaus
    January 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    For those of you who have bought this story hook line and sinker:

    According to the Department of Veterans Affairs around 20% of women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are being treated for PTSD.

    If the 2004 study claims that 70% of women being treated for PTSD have been raped or sexually assaulted then that puts the actually number of women in the military being raped or sexually assaulted at around 14%.

    But this are their accusations which have not been proven so the actually number of women being raped is unknown.

    But what is know is that the 30% claim is damn lie. If you don’t believe me then look up the numbers for yourself.

    • +36 Vote -1 Vote +1inter-something
      January 31, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      For those of you who think a smaller number of women getting raped deserve a smaller amount of treatment, recognition, or help: please take your heads out of your asses.

  22. -15 Vote -1 Vote +1Hal Christian
    January 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I left the military with 17years in instead of retiring after dealing with the social engineering that came in waves during the 70′s and 80′s. The relaxing of standards and allowances to facilitate unisex gender mixing was appalling.. I witnessed it, had to use valuable resources to deal with it, and councel those who couldn’t understand it. I fear for our country and people because throughout ancient history, this kind of debauchery ALLWAYS ended that nation. The dissent and resentment generated by these failed experiments I can only hope will fall on the heads of the intiators and spineless collaberators. Damn them all and their lies.

    • +5 Vote -1 Vote +1GonzoBobH
      January 30, 2010 at 6:46 pm

      Wasn’t that the same time period that allowed integration of black soldiers into units with whites. Is that what upset you?

      PS The best part of the military — retirement. Oops, guess you spited yourself out of that. Bummer.

      ~ GBH

  23. -23 Vote -1 Vote +1Citizenfitz
    January 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    “One third of the women soldiers in Iraq have been raped….”??? Buy a brain, dummy! Says who? The Jew msm?

  24. -19 Vote -1 Vote +1Jon
    January 28, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Women shouldn’t be allowed in the military. Is this what the mania that is “equality” become? Men are supposed to fight wars.

    Don’t get me wrong, though. These men should be court marshaled.

    But fraternizing is a huge issue in the military nowadays.

  25. -18 Vote -1 Vote +1Mattattack
    January 28, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    All the NJP writers, including Olson, look like modern jews. I wouldn’t trust any numbers iterated by these liars.

  26. -19 Vote -1 Vote +1Mattattack
    January 28, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    One reason why a majority (my estimate…) of Hollywood actors are modern jews may well be that the whole business is owned by such jews, but another factor is that they are natural born liars and hellbound.

  27. -38 Vote -1 Vote +1Takky
    January 29, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Women have no business in the military, in the first place. Tomboys….go home and take care of your family…or perhaps start one.

  28. -6 Vote -1 Vote +1Human Leeds
    January 29, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Well said David. Finally, someone with an ounce of guts to speak the truth. Those soldiers are the scum of the earth, who thrive on killing innocent women and children. If they treat their own women like that then how do you think they treat other women? Why do you think they went there? What is their job spec? Peace? I don’t think so! How ignorant most Brits and Americans are that they feel they are importing peace to other countries via scum trained to kill.
    By the way, you might want to check stats for rape in US and UK in the so called civilian population. It’s just as bad! I wonder what that says about these people as a whole? Oh and just to stimulate your stagnant cognitions, 13 million women (total female pop apoximated to 15 million – wowwww) in the UK are physically abused by their partners or ex-partners in any given year(Walby & Allen -2004)…I might also add, 2 women in the UK are killed as a result of domestic violence every week (home office, dept of health 2005). AND THEN, they have the gall to speak against the treatment of women in other cultures?? Talk about people in glass houses throwing stones.

    A sick delusional nation who have had a verrry long history of barbarism, terrorism and holocausts i.e. Hiroshima, Nagasaki, American Indians, India, Germany (deliberately), Falluja and moreeeee.

    The worst are those totally stupid irrational so called liberals who reiterate and regurgitate everything they hear in the media and think they are somehowever intelligent: These brain dead individuals illogically claim: ‘i think war is wrong but i support the soldiers’, or ‘I think our solders are fighting for our freedom’or ‘the soldiers are fighting for Iraqi freedom’……..etc….or they vote for war mongering parties (i.e. labour and conservative in the UK) and then claim, ‘I don’t support them so I’m not responsible for the bloodshed committed by politicians’. I’ve got news for you. You voted them into power so you are directly associated in their crime!! Hope you can sleep with the blood of over a 500, 000 iraqi children and women according to the Lancet report five years ago, which is now estimated to be well over a million innocent Iraqi civilians. This is democracy in action in its truest sense!

  29. -39 Vote -1 Vote +1Jack
    January 29, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Women should stay in the kitchen..

    • -28 Vote -1 Vote +1Menelaus
      January 30, 2010 at 2:29 pm

      I disagree.

      If only because most women today can’t cook worth a damn.

      It’s a art lost to feminist values, fast food, TV dinners, and a food supply rife with high fructose corn syrup, carbohydrates, and processed crap.

      • -18 Vote -1 Vote +1Shaun
        January 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm

        100%

      • +19 Vote -1 Vote +1Moem
        February 1, 2010 at 8:31 am

        News flash… the rest of the world still actually cooks. It’s just the good old US of A that’s forgotten.
        And feminist values aren’t stopping anyone from preparing a decent meal.

        But what’s stopping you?

        • +7 Vote -1 Vote +1ProfessorKZ
          February 1, 2010 at 9:48 am

          And Jack where should you stay?

  30. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1jack
    January 30, 2010 at 8:20 am

    you can’t seriously believe that it is only the women that get raped ?

    thanks to the progress in pharma sedatives, it is becoming more common to find people are getting raped without even realizing it. in instances that you would not like to accept. it is the denial that creates the cognitive dissonance. it is only when you have the awareness of it can you notice when it happens.

    in the military this must be even worse.

    • +12 Vote -1 Vote +1inter-something
      January 31, 2010 at 12:21 pm

      Of course it’s not only women being raped. But it’s not *a third* of men aren’t being raped.

      The problem this article is highlighting isn’t only these crimes happening, but attempting to highlight the incredibly deeply-ingrained sexism that our country thrives on.

      • Vote -1 Vote +1inter-something
        January 31, 2010 at 12:22 pm

        (Excuse me, “of men who are* being raped” is what I meant.)

      • +24 Vote -1 Vote +1Basil
        January 31, 2010 at 4:25 pm

        Yes, I am sure even men can get raped. In the Russian military, it has happened where a man was raped. However, I am sure it is rather rare if it occurs in the US military or even the Russian one. However, even 10% of the women being sexually assaulted or raped is too high. A sexual assault isn’t necessarily a rape, but it’s bad enough. We don’t know how many actual rapes occured but even 5% would be too high in my book. Any number is too high, really. Still, a man can generally put up a better fight against another man, on average, than a woman. There are definite exceptions. 100% These women are serving their countries and then get assaulted for it. That’s a betrayal.

  31. -6 Vote -1 Vote +1george
    January 30, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Where does the study claiming 30% of female soldiers have been raped come from? Out of thin air? NPR never says.

    Are we to believe that over 100,000 female soldiers have been raped then? Give us all a break.

    Some people will believe the most outrageous claims if it supports their prejudicial beliefs. The story above is one of them.

  32. -11 Vote -1 Vote +1MmmmGood
    January 31, 2010 at 11:08 am

    ARE ANY OF YOU REAL AMERICANS? Are any of you DECENT Americans? Or, are you all filled with evil spirits that control what you do and what you say? It is HARDER to do the RIGHT thing than it is the wrong thing. Clearly, most of you on this board, except those who have defended the military and what is right, are part of that ‘wrong’. You are the same people who cheat on your taxes, lie to your spouse or mate, and steal from someone else. What goes around comes around eventually. God bless our soldiers, wherever they are. They deserve our respect and we need to support them no matter how we feel about the military. Put up or shutup! Most who have NOT served, haven’t a clue as to what a soldier goes through. GOD BLESS THE AMERICAN MILITARY.

    • +29 Vote -1 Vote +1inter-something
      January 31, 2010 at 12:23 pm

      Having a hard time does not justify raping people.

      Sorry, but it doesn’t work like that.

  33. -8 Vote -1 Vote +1MmmmGood
    January 31, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Look in the mirror. What do you see? Can you see good or evil? Only you know. Now, what do you do with it? The time is coming when you and anyone else who is evil, will face the almighty God and answer for that wrong or evil he did. Whether you believe in God or not, does not matter. IT IS INEVITABLE. You will be judged according to your deeds. Wait until you get on your deathbed and see then, how you will believe in something HIGHER than yourself. I only wish I was there to see it. But, I do hope you look in that mirror and see yourself for what you really are. If you don’t, you won’t be fooling anyone. LIFE IS VERY VERY SHORT…..how will you make it count: good or bad?

  34. -11 Vote -1 Vote +1BS76
    January 31, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    This “study” is about as far fetched as they come. About the same number of men were raped using the definitions the researchers used. All this rape hysteria is a bunch of radical feminist fearmongering. The sad part is that it trivializes those who were actual victims of real rape, not this crap the radical feminists want to be considered as rape. Then again this is the same reason why getting caught peeing in public at 2am in the wrong part of town lands people on a sex offender registry for the rest of their lives.

    http://smartgirlnation.com/2009/05/lies-damned-lies-and-military-sexual-assault-statistics/

    • -15 Vote -1 Vote +1Menelaus
      February 1, 2010 at 1:32 am

      Well done BS76. I had pretty much investigated the statistics and found the same thing through simple mathematics and deductive reasoning. Those results are listed in a previous post. It’s nice to have my finding validated.

      Olson is a douche and so are the rest of the people who readily consumed these lies to sate their agenda of hatred against men.

      • +17 Vote -1 Vote +1ProfessorKZ
        February 1, 2010 at 9:54 am

        Agenda of hatred against men? Do you think any of it is warranted? 99% of sexual predators are men. Most violence in domestic abuse cases are against men. Women may be crazy but men are are too involved with their penis.

        Anyone read the baboon study about how to calm the alpha male? No it’s not by giving him a blow job.

        • -19 Vote -1 Vote +1Menelaus
          February 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm

          Men also are most of the victims of violence and yet we receive the least protection from violence. If no one protects you then you have to learn to protect yourself.

          And the reason most (but not 99%) of sexual predators are men is because society does not classify the actions of women as sex crimes.

          If a woman steals a used condom to get pregnant and then sues for child support she is a sexual predator.

          When a woman knows her partner does not want children and yet deliberately tries to get pregnant she is a sexual predator.

          When women deliberately names a man who is not the father of her child in a paternity case she is a sexual predator.

          When a woman deliberately gets pregnant so she can get child support or welfare and health care she is a sexual predator.

          When a woman deliberately gets knocked up to get out of military service she is a sexual predator.

          Whenever men breach the protocol of reproduction we are criminals who should be punished and discarded. Whenever women breach the protocol of reproduction they are “mothers” who should be understood, accepted, and rewarded.

          We’re all equal, but women are more equal.

  35. -19 Vote -1 Vote +1mohammed
    January 31, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    firstly ,i dont believe that women should be in any army.
    many people here say that their family,loved ones etc who are enlisted are “protecting” us.
    from what? if theres anyone who needs protecting, its the innocent people in countries that US & western forces have invaded and occupied.
    is there any war that the US has been involved in, in the past 100 years, righteous?
    i wish that all US & western soldiers refuse to serve in Iraq,Afghanistan and any other countries they may be stationed in.
    while you people are discussing the rape of female soldiers, most seem blissfully ignorant of the fact that US troops are not even supposed to be in Iraq or Afghanistan in the first place. the only terrorism is that of US & western forces illegally occupying muslim lands to steal their natural resources and mineral wealth and to install puppet regimes in those countries to ensure that the oil, gas etc keeps flowing. when anyone stands up to oppose them and expel them from their country, the mainstream, Zionist controlled media, quickly brands them as terrorists.
    i know that there are many good,decent people in the military who have families back home that are praying for them to come home happy & healthy. Now, when the current occupation of muslim lands is clearly illegal, do you expect God not to punish these soldiers for killing innocent people who have done no harm to anyone in the west?
    Sept 11 was a false flag operation by Mossad and CIA to facilitate invasion & occupation of Afghanistan. i know that its easier to believe another white skinned person who looks like you than to believe a bearded Arab/Asian who prays 5 times daily. but if you really fear God , then accept the facts and stop murderers,liars and thieves from running your countries.some people are career soldiers,spending over 20 years in the military. do u think its correct to be part of the army just to put food on your family’s table when you know that they are invading countries to steal their wealth and kill thousands of innocent people in the process? if you believe in the Day of Judgement-what answer will you give to God for this? why dont those greedy murderers who run your countries have their own children enlist?
    also, do you know that the military is desperate for people to sign up and are resorting to allowing convicted prisoners to enlist.?
    illegal immigrants from places like Cuba are told that their status will be changed ie they will become legal & get a green card,Social security no. etc if they serve in the military first.
    of course you wont hear about it in mainstream, Zionist controlled media cos this sort of stuff is kept secret- i was at the Immigration Detention Centre in Mexico City and personally spoke to Cubans who were trying to cross illegally into USA. they told me that the quicker route to US via the ocean would mean the immigration would pick them up and then hand them over to the military- to get them to enlist.

  36. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1Basil
    January 31, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I am not sure having women in the military is the best idea in the world. i don’t really oppose women in the military. If they often can’t stop a man from raping here and men can often overpower a woman, then is it really a good idea to be a bunch of men who are trained to be violent and kill? Most soldiers are good people and wouldn’t do such a thing to a woman, and if I didn’t think this rape thing was a serious issue, then I wouldn’t question women in the military. It’s not the fault of the women, but these men who think violence against women is acceptable.

  37. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1ProfessorKZ
    February 1, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Ah yes let’s blame the women for being in the service. A typical American opinion. 99% of men are pigs and value their penis more than women. I blame the influence of football for how this country how gotten to a gathering of angry, child molester perverts. MTV is a large problem too trying to influence young woman’s minds. The real problem is women should not have to emulate men’s power and bring their own power to the table BUT that would mean having emotional power in the board room. Look at the bright minds in China and their opinions about women. Women should let men do it all. Women should go on strike. No sex, no babies, no comfort but that would just increase the “alpha male” syndrome that have been marketed to new heights of hype. Be careful gentlemen, I trust my sisters will wake up sooner than later and find out that men should be left behind until they become human again.

    • +10 Vote -1 Vote +1Jim Norcal
      February 1, 2010 at 11:48 am

      It sounds like you’ve been dating the wrong men all your life. I’m guessing that you probably stayed with many of them a bit longer than you should have even after you found out how bad they are. That’s your own fault. Don’t blame your experiences on the rest of the men out there, especially those that are good guys that don’t deserve such spectacular, personal insight such as yours.

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Menelaus
      February 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm

      Hate men much?

  38. +18 Vote -1 Vote +1Jim Norcal
    February 1, 2010 at 11:45 am

    While I was in the Marines back in the early and mid 90s, sexual harassment was taken very, very seriously. I don’t know what has changed between then and now but I do know that such actions in the Marines wouldn’t have been tolerated. I’m sure there were some issues as there always are but 33% sounds very high compared to what I heard and saw during my time in. Back then, if you even looked at a girl wrong, you were at least given internal punishments. If anything else happened beyond that, you were court martial or discharged with other than honorable written all over your permanent record. How in the world are these men getting away with it? Something doesn’t sound right.

  39. -12 Vote -1 Vote +1girishthym
    February 2, 2010 at 9:45 am

    What I don’t understand is, if a woman is fully trained for combat, can she not defend herself against rape?

  40. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Holocaust Haiti
    February 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Why would any “normal” woman join the US Nazi forces? Why would black people join the Klu-Klux-Clan?

  41. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1blog terpopuler
    February 3, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    it’s realy very big big big number

  42. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1blog terbaik
    February 4, 2010 at 1:00 am

    the top decision maker shoud take responsiblelity for this situation