Sexual VIOLENCE: Nearly a Third of Fired Military Commanders Were Canned Because of Their Penises
So, this is the background. But the AP story doesn’t really focus on rape. In fact, it doesn’t mention the word rape one single time. It lumps together sexual assault with things like having sex and drinking and other fun things that you’re not supposed to do in the military but that aren’t illegal in the civilian world.
From its very opening, the article plays down the whole sexual violence thing:
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, fired from his command in Afghanistan last May and now facing a court-martial on charges of sodomy, adultery and pornography and more, is just one in a long line of commanders whose careers were ended because of possible sexual misconduct.
From reading the above, you could think that Sinclair had an adulterous but consensual relationship involving consensual sodomy. Think Oval Office plus cigar. The truth is Sinclair is facing a charge of forced sodomy (which the article clarifies later on. But it’s not important enough to, you know, like mention in the sentence that sets the tone for the entire article). I know. I shouldn’t be getting my feminazi panties all up in a bunch over this little “forced” word. It’s like the old song, “You say Sodomy, I say forced sodomy/ you say non-rape, I say rape- rape.”
The article suggests that it’s “sex” and not sexual violence, that is pervasive:
Sex has proved to be the downfall of presidential candidates, members of Congress, governors and other notables. It’s also among the chief reasons that senior military officers are fired.
From reading the above, you would think that affairs like the crazy and repulsive but non rape-based one between John Edwards and Rielle Hunter were rocking the military.
When the article mentions sexual harassment, it lumps it together with behavior between two consenting adults:
At least 30 percent of military commanders fired over the past eight years lost their jobs because of sexually related offenses, including harassment, adultery, and improper relationships, according to statistics compiled by The Associated Press.
The figures bear out growing concerns by Defense Department and military leaders over declining ethical values among U.S. forces, and they highlight the pervasiveness of a problem that came into sharp relief because of the resignation of one of the Army’s most esteemed generals, David Petraeus…
What is this pervasive “problem”? What problem encompasses sexual harassment and consensual relationships? That men are perverts?
The article does finally mention sexual assault, but it makes it sound kinda fun, like porn, drugs and alcohol, and not that big of a deal: