The Pentagon Is Camouflaging the Truth About Rape in the Military

 

Nancy Parrish
Huffington Post
April 20, 2012

On Friday of last week, the Department of Defense issued its Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military. First conducted in 2004, this report has helped shine a light on the severity and scope of the crisis of rape in the US military. The disturbing statistics that have been reported include the stunning estimate that, in FY 2010, there were 19,000 sexual assaults among Active Duty personnel.

The 2011 report validates our worst fears. The data shows that the military’s handling of sexual assaults is getting worse, much worse. Charges, courts-martial and convictions plummeted, but there is absolutely no indication that sex crimes decreased.

But while the report is extremely troubling, of even greater concern is the Pentagon’s determined effort to confuse and misinform the public about its own findings.

To read the full piece at the Huffington Post, click here.

 

To reach for web site archive of  the Department of Defense Annual Reports on Sexual Assaults in the Military, click here.

 

 

Nancy Parrish is the President of Protect Our Defenders.

 

Click here to learn more about how the organization is working to “honor, support and give voice to the brave women and men in uniform who have been raped or sexually assaulted by fellow service members. “

U.S. ‘Respects’ Japan’s Request on Okinawa Airbase

 

Phil Stewart
Reuters
March 31,2010

The Pentagon said on Monday it respected Japan’s request to consider alternatives to the relocation of a U.S. air base on Okinawa island but stopped short of pledging to explore new options to soothe strained ties between the allies.

The comments by a Pentagon spokesman came as U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates met Japan’s foreign minister at the Pentagon, talks that touched on the future of Futenma Air Station, which is home to about 2,000 Marines.

To read the full story at The China Post, click here.

Sex Assault Reports Rise in Military

 

Elisabeth Bumiller
The New York Times
March 16, 2010

The Department of Defense released an annual report on Tuesday showing an 11 percent increase in reports of sexual assault in the military over the past year, including a 16 percent increase in reported assaults occurring in combat areas, principally Iraq and Afghanistan.

To read the full story in The New York Times, click here.

To read the Department of Defense Report – Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, click here.

Mullen Deserves Medal for Senate Testimony
Backing Open Military Service by Gays

 

Dana Milbank
The Washington Post
February 3, 2010

Mike Mullen’s 42 years in the military earned him a chest full of ribbons, but never did he do something braver than what he did on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

In a packed committee room, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff looked hostile Republican senators in the eye and told them unwelcome news: He thinks gays should be allowed to serve openly in the armed forces he commands.

“Speaking for myself and myself only, it is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do,” the nation’s top military officer told the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

To read the full story in The Washington Post, click here.