Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Judge Dismisses ‘Epidemic’ of Rape in Military Case

On Wednesday, the Daily Beast reported:  
The landmark case holding former defense secretaries Gates and Rumsfeld accountable for an 'epidemic' of rape within the military ranks has been dismissed.  

The article goes on to say:

"“Notwithstanding the troubling nature of the sexual assault allegations alleged in Plaintiffs' Complaint,” O’Grady wrote, “The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed that the relief Plaintiffs seek … is unavailable in these circumstances.”

The two-page judgment took just under a month for O’Grady to determine. On Nov. 19, in a federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., he had listened to oral arguments from both sides, and lamented just how difficult this particular case would be. “It’s obviously not a pleasant task to have to look at it from a clinical point of view given the underlying facts of the case,” he said then. “But we will do the best we can.”

Those “underlying facts” include alarming statistics regarding the number of soldier-on-soldier sexual assaults. Women in the military are now more likely to be raped by fellow soldiers than they are to be killed in combat; in 2010, there were 3,158 military sexual assaults reported, according to the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office—a number that, by the Pentagon’s own admission, represents just 13.5 percent of the estimated 19,000 assaults that actually occurred last year."

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Food for thought:  This is only round one, I'm sure these ladies and gentlemen are prepared to go all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. As a victim of military injustice, sometimes it takes a second wind and a band of positive supporters to uplift you to continue your plight for justice.These Ladies should not forget,  the U.S. military did teach us one thing, which is how to FIGHT!!

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