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    There's a new documentary out that deals with the issue of rape in the military.

    The statistics are staggering.

    DOD reports 19,000 instances of sexual assault in 2010.
    500,000 since wwII.

    The personal narratives are saddening and enraging.

    Kori Cioca, a former US Coast Guard seaman who was beaten and raped by her supervisor, who admitted to the attack but not the rape and received 30 days of base restriction and loss of pay. Despite having post-traumatic stress disorder and sustaining an irreparably fractured jaw, Cioca had her medical claims denied.
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    [YOUTUBE="ECOqpv45tIo"]The Invisible War[/YOUTUBE]

    The military, which failed to respond to the suffering of thousands of men and women, promptly responded to the PR problem created by the film.

    Two days after watching "The Invisible War" April 14, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta directed commanders to hand over all sexual assault investigations to a higher-ranked colonel, and he announced the establishment of a Special Victims Unit for all military branches
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    Fucking pathetic.
    We are in the 21st century. These situations ought to be handled with more accountability in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MXZCCT View Post
    Fucking pathetic.
    We are in the 21st century. These situations ought to be handled with more accountability in mind.
    Accountability was just as much a threat to power in the first century as it is now in the 21st century.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MXZCCT View Post
    Fucking pathetic.
    We are in the 21st century. These situations ought to be handled with more accountability in mind.
    Indeed. Its made even worse in that this is actually used as a justification to deny qualifying women the opportunity to serve in combat positions.

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    Yeah, I heard about this. Very sad. One of the women in the documentary got surgery paid for by two people who saw the screening because the military discharged her after she was diagnosed with PTSD and she lost her benefits (the PTSD was triggered by being raped by the same officer multiple times even after she reported it to a superior officer!).

    I think they really need to take the reporting process outside of the chain of command. Perhaps chaplains could take up that role as well and have an independent body that they report such cases to? It's really sick this institutionalized abuse has been going on so long and you barely hear a whisper about it in the media
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    I mean... Is anyone REALLY surprised though?

    I'm glad the film enabled others to take action to help deter the unfortunate nature of such a rigid caste system.

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    My husband's coworker is diagnosed with PTSD as a result of multiple sexual harassment issues while she was deployed to Afghanistan..... She's definitely got some deep seeded issues now. Nothing was ever done about her complaints either.


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    The Perfect Expression of Power

    Our Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, has called for a Royal Commission with subpoena powers to enquire into sexual abuse in the Australian military.

    At the same time a Sydney University Professor of Law, Patrick Parkinson, has called for a Royal Commision with subpoena powers to enquire into sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.

    Both the Australian military and the Roman Catholic Church are authoritarian institutions devoted to power over others. And the perfect expression of power is to be able rape an inferior and be protected from prosecution by your institution.

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    Just today I was reading a few articles and signed a petition about this very issue. I was stunned to discover that there is no uniform standard to identify these criminals or a centralized registry for these crimes within or outside of the military.

    From an article in Forbes:

    Without such a registry, offenders — even those convicted by courts-martial — are sometimes able to elude detection once they re-enter the civilian realm.

    To be clear: Official military policy mandates that sex offenders (at least, the tiny percentage of soldiers who are convicted) register with their state of residence. In reality, however, the situation is much more murky. Soldiers aren’t required to disclose their sex crime convictions on discharge papers. And some states (Georgia, where McCoy was stationed, being one) don’t effectively reinforce rules that require soldiers to register as sex offenders.
    This article was written in July and the only change that appears to have occurred since then are PSAs from the DoD.

    Add: PSAs available here at the Pentagon's YouTube channel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Our Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, has called for a Royal Commission with subpoena powers to enquire into sexual abuse in the Australian military.

    At the same time a Sydney University Professor of Law, Patrick Parkinson, has called for a Royal Commision with subpoena powers to enquire into sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.

    Both the Australian military and the Roman Catholic Church are authoritarian institutions devoted to power over others. And the perfect expression of power is to be able rape an inferior and be protected from prosecution by your institution.
    That's a pretty shallow reckoning of religion and defence Victor.

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