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Examining Military Sexual Assault Too “Burdensome,” Pentagon Claims

Examining Military Sexual Assault Too “Burdensome,” Pentagon Claims

For years, the Pentagon has stalled on revealing documents that show just how prevalent sexual assault in the military is. The Pentagon’s most recent excuse is that doing so would be too “burdensome.” Yup, there are simply too many papers that would need to be collected for that sort of thing… and who has that kind of time, really?

Sometimes it feels like we report on the rape in the military crisis constantly, but there’s a good reason for that: nothing is being done about it. Given the latest response, it seems clear that if the U.S. government has its way, this scenario will continue to be pushed under the rug indefinitely.

Requests to learn the full extent of the problem were first filed a few years ago under the Freedom of Information Act. Since then, the Pentagon has managed to delay revealing these documents. Though estimated numbers of rape and sexual assaults are quite high, they primarily remain just estimates because the military conceals evidence that would provide a clearer picture of the situation at hand.

Whether the Pentagon realizes it or not, its “burdensome” response is damning. When there is quote unquote “too much” documentation of sexual assault in the military, how does that not indicate a massive problem?

If the military is actually going to fix this problem, it needs to start by being honest about the problem. While there has been some acknowledgment by government officials that there are issues going on behind closed doors, continuing to cover it up just perpetuates military sexual assault rather than squashes it.

Previously, Veterans Affairs was serviced with similar Freedom of Information Act requests pertaining to sexual assault. Although the VA was slow to produce documentation, the organization did finally turn over useful info to the public. These papers proved that those who filed PTSD claims for military sexual assault were rejected more frequently than other forms of disability claims.

For its part, the ACLU cut down the list of documents it was requesting to expedite the process. Still, the Pentagon is unwilling to cooperate and hoping U.S. courts will play along with its wide scale cover-up. The Freedom of Information Act exists to illuminate problems like this one, so if the Pentagon successfully continues to elude the requests, it shows that the government is nowhere near as transparent as it claims to be.

The United States spends trillions on wars fought in other countries, yet when the public demands to see paperwork that confirms the wellbeing of the soldiers who put their lives on the line for this country, suddenly that requires more resources than the military can muster. That’s completely bogus and we all know it.

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4:51PM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

THESE DAYS IF YOU ARE A BIG MAN IN GOVT OR CORPORATIONS IF YOU DO NOT CHEAT ON YOUR WIFE YOU ARE CONSIDERED ABNORMAL. WOMEN SHOULD TRY NOT TO BE LIKE THE MEN.

4:50PM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

OF COURSE, THIS IS FAILURE OF MILITARY BECAUSE OF BAD INTELLIGENCE MEN AND WOMEN WHO STALKED, AND HURT MOSTLY WOMEN FOR THEIR OWN DEVIOUS SELVES., INTELLIGENCIA STILL COURTS KIDS AND PARENTS LETS INTEL DO THIS AND RUINS THEIR KIDS LIVES. WHO WANTS TO BE LED INTO BEING SOME BAD INTELLIGENCE PERSON WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHEN TO LEAVE MOSTLY WOMEN ALONE. AND, IT IS A WELL KNOWN FACT THAT STRAIGHT MEN WHO ARE POWERFUL ARE DEVIOUS WITH GAYS AN LESBIANS FOR THEIR OWN BAD SELVES. IT IS ALL A BUNCH OF DIRTY INTEL AND MEDIUMS TRYING TO RUN PEOPLE'S SEX LIVES FOR THEIR OWN GRATIFICATION. SICKOS BIG PEOPLE IN CHARGE.

3:41AM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

Beyond sickening. ACCOUNTABILITY, goddamnit!!!

4:21AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

Thank you

12:54PM PDT on Jun 12, 2014

The military wants the issue swept under the rug so they can continue to pretend that no problem exists. I think mainly due to the fact that the investigations may lead to too high on the roster. They just close their eyes and make it disappear.

2:47AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

It's very simple. We hire a committee, tell them the conclusion we want them to draw when they write their report, screen out the undesirables who might skew our data, do the double blind research (both the participants and interviewers are blindfolded) then we release the report, and claim that we knew we were right all along. We did it with cigarettes. We did it with slavery. We're still doing it with GMO's. Military sexual assault is no different.

You might call what we do insanity, but the most common definition of insanity is making the same mistake and expecting different results. We are not making mistakes, and when we use methods we've developed for may years, we know they work because they've stood the test of time. It is exactly the opposite of insanity. It is the purest form of sanity that exists.

11:19PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

bogus... good description.

12:19PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

This is just shameful.

3:36AM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

:(

2:16AM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

I think this problem would evaporate very quickly if a few rapists actually ended up being frogmarched into the CO's office at the point of a machine gun by the victim, and they told him to take action or they will.

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