Friday, May 10, 2013

Military sexual assault claims on the rise


On Tuesday, the Pentagon released a report showing a spike in military sexual assaults: 26,000 military members were assaulted in fiscal year 2012. This was announced two days after an Air Force officer in charge of sexual assault prevention was himself arrested for sexual battery.

Details on the PBS premiere can be found here: http://www.notinvisible.org/pbs
 — with Darleen Mutch Medeiros.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

One of the trailers showed a four star general being grilled---asked what he was trying to hide---I wonder if they had to reupholster the chair after the general shit himself. You could see it in his face!!!

Jill Loftus, are you proud of all the cover-ups that you were involved in? All of the times that you ignored things reported to you when you were the Deputy Naval Inspector General...and covered-up for your pals.

Syneeda said...

Anon,
I'm proud that more and more veterans have found the courage and strength to speak out against their aggressors. Throughout my career I came across dozens like Jill Loftus. Their eagerness to protect what I considered to be a secret Code always alarmed me. Thanks to the advancement of technology more victims can speak out via the Internet to let the world know what their military aggressors are doing to them.

After being involved in a command wide discrimination investigation in the mid-90s, when I last served as an enlisted person, I vowed that if I should ever return back to active duty, it would be to honor, protect and serve our citizens and to watch over our young veterans. Had I remained on active duty when the news broke of all the senseless rape and sexual assault cases, I would've created more of a fire storm defending our civil and human rights. That is one thing I do not tolerate, violating another person's personal space or human rights. Whether it's gently putting your hands on me as a kind gesture or whatever the case, if I don't invite you to touch me, then DON'T TOUCH ME!

I know that there are two sides to every story and whenever there is alcohol, music, abstinence, drugs, etc. involved then the truth gets blurred, tainted and ultimately ignored. Let's face it the military has outlived the 1965 Executive Order governing its Equal Employment Opportunity program and that ancient law needs to be amended because there is nothing equal about our military.

The military’s top brass has shown us that they are just as greedy for wealth and power as members of our Congress and Congress and the President has yet to examine this matter more closely!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, they won't reupholster the chair, they'll throw it out and buy a new one so that there is no evidence that the general ever crapped himself. That's what Jill and her cronies do best--hide evidence, pretend offenses never happened, and blame everyone else, just like Jill wants to blame the victim and talk about Jell-O shooters. Go home Jill, you've caused enough pain for everyone.

Syneeda said...

Anon,
And who do you think is footing the bill for this dog and pony show?!

Anonymous said...

I watched the trailers too. It didn't look like a dog and pony show. I'd rather my tax dollars be spent prosecuting the criminals than the same old process of the criminals being able to use my tax dollars to cover up their crimes. Either way, money will be spent, and it should be spent obtaining justice!

Syneeda said...

Anon, My reference to a dog and pony show is an expression of how I view the military's top brass reaction to OUR claims of Civil and Human rights violations. As an advocate to other minority veterans whose civil rights are being violated, like the abused veterans of rape and sexual assault, I'm still baffled that the victims have yet to file a claim on the basis of civil rights and human rights violation?! After coping with the IG's response to my claims of fraud, reprisal and health complications to ongoing stress, I now suffer from an incurable blood disorder and each day I take my chemotherapy medication is a reminder of what they did to me! Unless Congress can find a way to fix this problem, more veterans will continue to come forward to speak out. It will probably take this epidemic to spread beyond the compounds of our military bases; into the local communities, college campuses, local bars or public parks, for the laws to be strictly enforced. The military has a brotherhood and each guy looks out for the other.

Anonymous said...

The military top brass will try to down-play everything, just like Jill Loftus does for the Navy. Now, with a documented 32% increase on Jill's watch, and a Chief of Naval Operations who didn't know that there was a problem, what will be the next effort by the Navy? All of Jill's efforts are misguided. She's still trying to cover up and not recognize that the only way to deal with this problem after people are trained, is to prosecute the offenders. Really Jill, how long are you going to make excuses and claim that more training will work? It's to the point that when someone gets caught, they know that they will only have to do more training. Great job Jill, when are you going to realize that the training only works when people see the consequences of their actions. Let me break it down for you Jill, if people are never prosecuted, they won't know the consequences. You've covered for so long you that you don't know what else to do but continue to cover up. The increase in rapes and assaults is on you Jill, and your counterparts in other services, like the Air Force Lt. Col. who got busted for doing what he was supposed to stop.