Letters to the Editor

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Tag: sexual assault

May
9th

MILITARY: Officers untrained to deal with sex crimes

I witnessed U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer vote to move the prosecution of sexual assault crimes from the normal chain of command to trained investigators and watched in dismay as the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act was voted down.

The primary reason cited for voting down this amendment was the need to maintain discipline within the normal chain of command. I wholeheartedly disagree.

I was a surface warfare officer aboard a Navy frigate from 2007 to 2009. As a junior officer in 2008, I managed the sailors responsible for launching helicopters, small boats and general operation of a ship

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June
27th

AUBURN: Where’s outrage over corrupt officer?

Re: “Officer pleads guilty to inappropriate search” (TNT, 6-25).

An Auburn police officer has been allowed to plead guilty to a fourth-degree assault charge, get 80 hours of community service, turn in his badge and get a two-year suspended sentence? What did he do? He made a traffic stop, did not call it in on the radio or cellphone, kidnapped and sexually assaulted a young woman. He groped her while she was handcuffed and not under arrest in his car, then tried to elicit sex in exchange for not “busting” her.

We are talking about someone who should be

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June
6th

MILITARY: Most assaults are male-on-male

A recent Department of Defense report estimated there were 26,000 cases of sexual assault in the military in 2012. This was an increase of 7,000 over 2011 numbers. This report caused several U.S. senators to conduct hearings on this outrage. To the best of my knowledge, these hearings are dealing solely with male-on-female assaults.

I have no issue with this call for hearings. The report, however, clearly stated that 14,000 of the estimated 26,000 cases cited involved male-on-male assaults. That accounts for more than 53 percent of the total estimated cases, yet little public attention seems to be paid to

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May
23rd

MILITARY: PC run amok on ‘sexual assault’

With all the brouhaha about sexual assaults in the military, and the ugly irony of a couple of anti-assault program managers being charged with sexual assault, it might be profitable to actually look at what this arose from.

The number of 26,000 assaults is being touted from the Senate on down. What too many people seem to have missed is that the Pentagon itself says that this is an estimate and is primarily based on an anonymous survey.

The Pentagon also estimates that only 10 percent of all sexual assaults get reported. One wonders at how they arrived at this

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May
15th

MILITARY: Male power, privilege expressed in assaults

My fellow male, retired Maj. Gen. Robert Scales, just doesn’t get it. His otherwise thoughtful op-ed piece (TNT, 5-14) about the epidemic of sexual assault in the armed forces ignores and thus trivializes the critical issue: sexual violence against a fellow human being.

What is happening is not at all like some discomfort about the presence of blacks or gays in what was once an all-while, super-macho club. It is about assumed male privilege and power being expressed in the form of an attack upon another person’s body.

Unfortunately, such violence is not confined to the military. It is

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