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Reducing Sexual Harassment in the Military
Lawrence Journal World ^ | June 18, 2013 | Reasonmclucus

Posted on 06/23/2013 1:56:16 PM PDT by kathsua

Any effort to reduce sexual harassment in the military needs to recognize that some men have never learned to adequately control their sex drives. Unfortunately, the military may need many of these men for their military related skills. Winning wars requires using men, and women, who don't always play well with others. Thus, the military may need to find a way to reduce sex assaults while keeping those who have trouble controlling their zippers.

The military has some experience in this area because of personnel who occasionally "forget" who they are supposed to fight and who they are not supposed to fight. 99% of the time these men are valuable soldiers, sailors,etc. The military needs people who are willing to fight, but it needs to discourage assaults against other American military personnel by punishing their misconduct..

At one point I was considering suggesting that sex assault cases be turned over to the civilian court system. Then I remembered that the civilian justice system is so ineffective in this area that many women feel reporting sexual assaults is a waste of time. Conviction in civil courts requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt and many cases are just he said - she said with no actual other evidence to support the claim of rape..

The military may actually have a superior ability to handle these cases because it has alternative ways to deal with rule breakers. When I was in Vietnam we had a man from New York City assigned to our post office who had gotten lucky and arrived at a time when we needed a "warm body" to perform miscellaneous duties. He had never driven any kind of vehicle, so of course the army made him a truck driver. Shortly before I left Vietnam he was caught smoking pot. Instead of sending him to Long Binh Jail, the army simply reassigned him to an infantry company.

The civilian courts only options for punishment are probation, imprisonment or fines. The military can reassign someone to another unit, reduce an individual's rank or make it harder for him to get future promotions. The military could have some male only units that men who can't control their zippers could be reassigned to.

The military should change the way investigations are handled. Male officers have been having problems maintaining a proper relationship with those who claim to have been assaulted. The military could eliminate this problem by having female officers investigate assaults against female personnel.

The military can limit sexual stimulation by providing men and women with separate living areas. If men and women cannot be assigned to separate buildings some type of partition, even if its only some type of tarps or blankets should separate the male and female areas. If it isn't practical to provide separate showers for men and women, men and women should use the facilities at different times.. Physical training should be sexually segregated because seeing women exercise can arouse men even if the women are fully clothed and aren't using poles or other props.

Members of the "oldest profession" have long operated near military bases and followed military units around. Some feel that the term "hooker" comes from the women who provided their services to those under the command of MG Joseph Hooker during the Civil War. The military should consider allowing such women to operate their businesses on American bases. Those operating on bases in Muslim countries would have to be particularly discrete. The military might even consider establishing a "sex therapist" duty assignment.

Religious groups might complain. but providing a sexual outlet to those in high stress military assignments would be preferable to having some men attempt to force their attentions on women who aren't interested in them.

TOPICS: Government; Military/Veterans; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: dumbass; military; reform; sexualharassment
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To: jazusamo

Yeah, this reminds me of the stories in the 1980s of Vietnam vets being wife-beaters that wind up becoming homeless because they can’t handle society anymore. This all culminated with a big 60 Minutes expose. Just one problem: the number of Vietnam vets being gainfully employed is significantly above the national average and the number of them committing crimes is significantly below the national average. The same “veterans are returning home and going psycho” garbage stories are being pounded by the media today.

41 posted on 06/25/2013 9:42:31 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: kathsua

Lets not forget the prostitution that happens within the ranks. Plenty of female soldiers willingly sell themselves. I saw it many times.

42 posted on 06/25/2013 9:48:15 AM PDT by Terabitten (I'd rather have one Walker than fourteen runners.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Well said...It's no surprise that this hogwash is surfacing due to Obummer and his PC, LGBT and now women in combat supported by his administration and military leaders (both civilian and uniformed).

The finest military in the world is being picked apart by the Marxist in the WH and his lapdogs.

43 posted on 06/25/2013 10:00:04 AM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: schm0e
here's an idea: keep women out.

There's an idea. And while you're at it why not keep them out of the civilain work force, too? That would eliminate all the sexual harassment lawsuits and hostile workplace environment lawsuits that are clogging up the courts and costing businesses money. Let's also keep them at home, especially at night, unless they are escorted by a mail relative. That would virtually eliminate rape and free up valuable prison space for real criminals, not to mention save an untold number of idiot candidates from blowing the election talking about whether rape can lead to pregnancy. Just imagine how wonderful your world would be if you could do all that?

44 posted on 06/25/2013 10:12:56 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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