• Helen Santiago

    All sexual assaults on men or women are equally degrading and harmful to our military services although sexual assaults can result in a women’s forced, unwanted and humiliating pregnancy. If these assaults by commanding officers are not dealt with as the sexual crimes that they really are, assaults will continue be treated as frivolous and unimportant, like rites of passage or mere hazing. All sexual assaults should be judged and punished at a higher command level, not by these victims’ commanding officer who may well be implicated in the crime.

  • embell

    Sexual assaults in the military should be tried in civilian, not military courts. That would temper or even eliminate the concern of military personnel about being discriminated against in promotion because of reporting these crimes. Civilian courts and jurors do not have the background fear of subsequent reprisals.

    • BSmyth

      by the very nature of the UCMJ that is impossiable

      • fiona64

        Exactly. It’s a matter of jurisdiction.

  • nobloodforhubris

    Because rape suddenly gains legitimacy when male rape survivors are involved? Oy.

  • rkt9

    The military is an assault on human life, and consciouness. Better to abolish it all together. The very idea of military is an assault on humanity. Sexual assault inside our military is another form of “friendly fire.”

    • BSmyth

      and you’ll be welcome to protect the country from any terrorism from outside sources, all by yourself.

      • Arekushieru

        Hmm, methinks, rather, that rates of terrorism would DROP. Because even IF you don’t believe that terrorism is a result of radicalization by terrorist acts on the parts of WESTERN powers, you DO realize that there is a direct correlation between acts of the West and the actions of terrorists, right? You do realize how non-Western countries gain the trust of and mobilize the people they need to attack the ‘Great Satan’, right? By using extreme examples of the tactics their enemies use against them, especially when it intrudes on their own autonomy, y’know, like Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, etc? After all, the United States went into all three countries to look for WMDs but, for some reason, they never found any. It only created more areas of conflict and raised tensions between the East and the West. So much for ‘protecting’ the country from any terrorism from outside sources. It actually looks like they were the SOURCE of the conflict. So, you are welcome to ‘protect’ the country from terrorism, rkt9 and I will actually protect our respective countries. Whoops.

  • Harriet Logan

    The question as stated in the title is utterly absurd….

    ‘Do Military Sexual Assaults Against Men Trump Those Against Women?’

    Actually it wasn’t even a media story when only men were getting raped inside the military. And it’s hardly a story today about how men get raped in the prison system either. Men getting raped hardly draws anybody’s attention to rape being seen as much of a problem. The attitude about men being raped is that it is somehow merited if a man is too weak to defend himself against this crime. So how does the word ‘trump’ get pulled into the discussion on alternet?

    I would hardly call this a situation where men are ‘trumping’ women in regards to sexual assaults being seen as significant. It is actually the other way around.

    • ondelette

      Which is reflected in two facts: 1) Of those who are actually sexually assaulted or raped, only 18% as many men report the crime as women, and 2) in the study on which Ms. Stan is writing, of all those acts which, had the victims been women, the crime would have been classed as rape, only 1 was so charged. All the others were some form of assault, or crimes like “non-consensual sodomy” or other, which do not carry the same severity of penalty.

      Ms. Stan needs an education before she writes again. I suggest the writings of Dr. Sandesh Sivakumaran, who writes in the European Journal of International Law, and the International Review of the Red Cross. After several years of hard work, he and others have convinced the UNHCR to test for rape of men at refugee camps, starting in November of 2012. It isn’t even a crime in many countries.

      • Arekushieru

        Please provide sources. Oh, yeah, don’t have any to back you up. Always forget what kind of people rape apologists are.

        And way to miss the point, Misses Ondelette and Logan. She wasn’t talking about a specific media story. She was talking about PREVALENT ATTITUDES within society that may seek to raise the issue as one of men versus women. Or, have you NOT heard of MRAs? What sheltered lives you two must lead. I wish *I* could be that sheltered.

        Although, Miss Logan’s last comment leads me to wonder why she DID miss the point, because she is doing the EXACT SAME THING that Adele stated she hoped would NOT happen, the very thing I described ABOVE. The IGNORANCE. It BURNS.

        Of course it isn’t considered a crime, because rape is a way to feminize the victim, iow, to PUNISH them. Because being female, a woman, feminine is considered something BAD. That’s the whole POINT of her article. The fact that it is NOT TREATED AS A CRIME is the whole FUCKING POINT of the article. Oi. Reading comprehension, rape apologists, PLEASE.

  • Kaitlyn Newton

    so tired of men making everything about them. women will continue to suffer and die because of men but nobody gives a shit until a few of them start getting it too.

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