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Wed Jul 17, 2013, 12:04 PM

Kirsten Gillibrand's proposal to change how the military addresses sexual assault: [View all]

Info on it here:

http://www.thetakeaway.org/2013/may/16/sexual-assault-military-sen-kirsten-gillibrands-proposals-change/

and how she's building support here:

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/kirsten-gillibrand-military-sexual-assault-94241.html


I listened to a discussion on Diane Rehm 7/17 in which an Army representative outlined that the military opposes this because it would effect field operations. I don't recall the exact wording, but proponents consider sexual assault in the military a crime, while opponents consider it a disciplinary problem.

I'm wondering if the real concern among commanders is that a focus on sexual assault within the military may pull back the covers on sexual assault of civilian populations by the military. I have no idea how much a problem this may be, but two books I read recently (Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse and The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe by William I. Hitchcock) document that not all our soldiers are nature's gentlemen.

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