Sex Scandals
April 18, 2012

Army, Defense Department, and Navy Reports Downplay Record of Failure

The Center for Military Readiness has released a new CMR Policy Analysis that shines a bright light on disturbing findings about military sexual assaults that were buried in a recent Army "Gold Book" report on wartime personnel stress:

"Chilling Trend" of Sexual Assault in the Military

 The CMR Policy Analysis also cites the most recent annual report of the Department of Defense . . . Read More

October 9, 2007

We have heard a lot about Rush Limbaugh ‘s alleged insult about “phony soldiers,” but almost nothing about a genuine attack against our soldiers that was launched on the floor of the U.S. Senate.  As reported by Byron York of NRO, on September 26 Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) was promoting his “hate crimes” amendment to the Defense Authorization bill.  The legislation would expand legal sanctions against persons targeting a victim because of sexual orientation and “gender identity.”

Kennedy listed several examples of alleged hate crimes in the military, suggesting that his amendment was the answer to such problems. Kennedy’s list of allegations sounded like a rant from a left-wing blog, but most of the examples he cited were punished years ago, or are still under investigation. . . Read More

August 17, 2006

On June 27 Elaine Donnelly and CMR Vice President Jack Yoest attended and submitted a statement for the record of a hearing billed with the sensational title, “Sexual Assault and Violence Against Women in the Military and the Academies.”

The hearing took place before a House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations chaired by Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT). It was a stretch for Shays’ subcommittee to host a hearing on the issue, but an aggressive female Democrat, Diane Farrell, is challenging Republican Shays for the second time in the November election.  The event, which was announced on Shays’ campaign website, appeared staged to showcase a star witness, former Air Force Academy cadet Elizabeth L. (Beth) Davis. . . Read More

January 13, 2006

If the Navy court-martials all sailors who use blue language, will there be any sailors left to sail the ocean blue? Officials at the U.S. Naval Academy ought to think about this as they prepare to court martial Lt. Bryan D. Black.

Lt. Black, an oceanography instructor, got himself in trouble last August by using crude language in the presence of several midshipmen, one of them a woman. Black’s sexual braggadocio, inspired by the sight of the battleship Wisconsinberthed near the patrol boat on which he stood, was clearly profane. The incident went beyond a “guy thing” when he made a clumsy attempt to “share” the fantasy moment with the female midshipman. Black apologized for the vulgarity and she accepted, noting that she had heard worse in the halls of the academy. . . Read More

January 11, 2006

On December 23, 2005, the Department of Defense released a 2005 poll of service academy men and women regarding sexual harassment and assault. You would never know—judging from the news stories that followed—that reports of sexual harassment at the service academies have gone down instead of up. 1

The 124 page Service Academy 2005 Sexual Harassment and Assault Survey (SASA2005), produced by the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), was authorized by legislation passed in 2003. Data gathered in this survey, and another one done by the General Accounting (now Accountability) Office in the 1990s, show a downward trend in sexual harassment and behaviors over the past 15 years. . . Read More

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