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Military Sex Crimes
If you have not come to the conclusion that immoral sexual activity has taken over with Americans and seriously affected American culture, you have to drastically change your thinking, wake up, and smell the coffee, because that is exactly what has been going on for a very long time. It is chocking but not surprising that on Feb. 11, 2014, it was revealed to everyone that the U. S. military has been greatly involved in sex crimes for a long time. It was additionally shocking to be informed as to how the military was handling the sexual assaults.
Now the Pentagon is under extreme pressure by the American Congress, detailed information on the sexual assaults in the armed forces and how they were handled has to be made known. The sexual assault cases in japan opened up a large can of worms and turned on the glaring spotlight.
Five major U. S. bases are involved in the military sexual assault cases. The base in Japan caused Congress to decide to get further involved, and they found four bases in the U. S. in four different states: Fort Hood in Texas, Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, Wright-Peterson Air Force Base in Ohio, and Camp Pendleton in California. The records obtained shed enormous light on the enormity of the assaults. When the records were actually opened, it was absolutely shocking. Well over 1000 reports were on record.
There was considerably more shock at the type of sexual assaults that were recorded. The Senate Army Services personnel panel was totally shocked at the very long list of reports and allegations that the panel had to investigate. There were more than 1000 reports of sex crimes involving U. S. military personnel. The reports and allegations included rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault, sex in the barracks, adultery and attempts at adultery, conspiracies or solicitations to commit these crimes. The investigation is an ongoing one, because there are more than 1,000 sex crimes to investigative and that will take much time.
When the investigation focused on the sex crimes, the investigators were very strongly overwhelmed with disbelief. Here they were investigating more than 1,000 military sex crimes, and investigators were finding that what appeared to be strong cases were often reduced to lesser charges. Suspects were unlikely to serve time even when military authorities agreed a crime had been committed. In two rape cases, commanders overruled recommendations to court-martial and then completely dropped the charges instead. It was extremely disturbing to find out that some commanders refuse to prosecute sexual assault cases even when the evidence is overwhelming. The identities of the commanders are kept secret. That means they can’t be held accountable for how they handled the cases.
What also has been going on is the Defense Department has been maintaining a closed system when was really needed was an open and transparent system so that the root of the problem can be readily known and that the right solutions can be put in place very quickly. Congress and the military must wake up and smell the coffee and get the correct solutions in progress ASAP.