Thursday, October 30, 2008


CBS - A Veterans Administration study found that one in seven female veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan seeking medical care from the VA suffered sexual trauma - everything from harassment to rape. Medical records of 125,000 war veterans, both men and women, showed 15 percent reported sexual trauma. That works out to nearly 2,600 veterans, almost all women.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg, since the study covered only a fraction of the 870,000 veterans who have fought - and none still on active duty.

A recent survey by the Government Accountability Office of just 13 military bases found 103 service members who say they've been sexually assaulted in the previous 12 months. Numbers like that produced this jaw-dropping statement by Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif.: "Women serving in the military today are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than to be killed by enemy fire in Iraq," Harman said.


At October 31, 2008 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is far larger than just a military one. Today's news also reported that over 40% of women perceive having difficulties with sex. Both are symptoms of a problem caused by a belief that pleasure is innate. Rather pleasures of all kinds from our music preferences and tastes for foods to sex must be learned. These symptoms are a massive indictment of our "leave it to parents and churches" sex education "system." I'd hazard that MORE than half of the problem is that us males don't have even the slightest understanding of our responsibilities in that "learning pleasure" task.


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