EDITORIAL: Good Intentions Not Enough

North County Times and The Californian opinion staff
September 30, 2011

The intentions of members of Congress were in the right place when they toughened up the portions of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that deal with rape in the armed forces.

When our daughters, sisters, wives and mothers enlist in the military, or accept a warrant or commission as an officer, their fears of physical harm should be the normal ones facing any airman, Coast Guardsman, Marine, sailor or soldier of harm from combat —- not at the hands of a colleague.

Yet far too many do —- with some 4 percent of military women reporting unwanted sexual contact. Given the warrior mentality in all our armed services, it is almost assuredly much higher, with many simply not reporting them.

Read the full editorial at the North County Times, here.