Fox Pundit Says Women In The Military Should ‘Expect’ To Be Raped


Written by Ben Armbruster

The Pentagon announced new rules last week easing the ban on women serving in combat. While conservatives like Rick Santorum are a little uneasy with the news, the announcement only formalizes military practices that were already taking place.

But Fox News contributor Liz Trotta’s commentary on the matter took the issue to a whole other level. She’s not really concerned about the “controversy” surrounding the Pentagon’s announcement. For Trotta, the issue is having “women once more, the feminist, going, wanting to be warriors and victims at the same time.” She cited a recent Pentagon report that violent sex crimes in the military have increased over the last 6 years and said women should “expect” it, decrying more levels of bureaucracy to support women who have been “raped too much“:

TROTTA: But while all of this is going on, just a few weeks ago, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta commented on a new Pentagon report on sexual abuse in the military. I think they have actually discovered there is a difference between men and women. And the sexual abuse report says that there has been, since 2006, a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults. Now, what did they expect? These people are in close contact, the whole airing of this issue has never been done by Congress, it’s strictly been a question of pressure from the feminist.

And the feminists have also directed them, really, to spend a lot of money. They have sexual counselors all over the place, victims’ advocates, sexual response coordinators. … So, you have this whole bureaucracy upon bureaucracy being built up with all kinds of levels of people to support women in the military who are now being raped too much.

To his credit, Fox host Eric Shawn tried to talk Trotta down a bit. “You certainly want the people fighting the war to be protected from anything that could be illegal,” he said. But Trotta wouldn’t have it. “Nice try Eric,” she said, “This whole question of women in the military has not been aired properly, and it’s the great sleeping giant.” Watch the clip via Media Matters:

Just to clarify, Trotta complained about government supporting women who have been “raped too much,” a statement seeming to imply that there is an acceptable amount of rape one can or should endure in order to prevent more layers of bureaucracy from swooping in to help out.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Fi T.
Past Member 5 years ago

Have they thought about their mum?

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Maureen Hawkins
Maureen Hawkins5 years ago

Does Trotta hate herself so much she wants to punish anyone who wears her shape?

Pamela Tracy
Pamela Tracy5 years ago

Fox news ...they harass and rape women do all media.......

The new military is wild ...compared to the old military....gang members are recruited...young men with misdemeanors....who knows what goes on now a days when the testing is given...wartime quarters should not be coed...bottom line...and there should be safety for any woman serving on active duty during war and in combat positions..personally....I would not want to serve next to many younger men i would never want to be in a combat position....the military is seeing its recruiting efforts fail......I feel sorry for the military men who can keep their heads about them and not resort to violence....and is a difficult situation. WE NEED TO END THESE WARS......WE NEED MORE JOBS AT HOME AND GET ON WITH OUR COUNTRY BEING FIRST TO US AND NOT THE COUNTRIES WHO ASK FOR OUR HELP AND THEN DITCH US.

Jeanne M.
Jeanne M5 years ago

It's FOX - where else can the crazies air their half-baked opinions?

Anthony B.
Anthony B.5 years ago

Oh wow. She is crazy.Oh wow. There is no acceptable level of rape in the military and no expenses should be spared for the military to adopt a zero tolerance policy towards rape. What do women in the military have to do to avoid being raped? Start wearing chastity belts? Start blowing away their attackers? God help!

Randeep c.
5 years ago

How abt sm1 petition FOX NEWS to get this insensitive idiot out of her job- after she apologizes for her existence!

Sandy W.
Sandy W.5 years ago

Hey, it's time for Trotta to retire. She apparently has not kept up with 20th and 21st century standards.

Jacquelynn F.

18 years old.
The Army.
Germany, sent out to the field for the first time.
The only woman and 1500 men.
I was the Medic, they were Engineers.
Alone, in the dark being watched, only I didn't know
Vilseck, Germany after two weeks without a shower, we were allowed to go to Tent city for 2 days.
Much Celebrating. Much Drinking. After showers the partying started.
I was invited.
A cute boy
free drinks
more drinks
Something wrong....
Room spinning
can't walk
being carried
pass out
wake up
can't move
tied up
can't talk
gag in mouth
someone on me
wet between the legs
another body on me
another body
all night
over and over again
how many?
Don't know
too many
over and over again
more laughter
in and out of conscience
how many?
could be twenty
could be a hundred
all ranks
all sizes
all ages
all penises
all thrusting
all sweating
lots of pain
smell of greasy tent
smell of booze
smell of tobacco
smell of man sweat
smell of semen
smell of sex
all thrusting
all groping
all squeezing
all pawing
only one, who when he saw my tears, stopped in his tracks
But he walked out, and another came in to take his place
over and over again
no help
none in sight
all night long
in and out of reality
in and out of dreams
more body's
more men
more thrusting
how many hours?
finally the sweet release of awareness
in the showers
bruises and b

Cate S.
Cate S5 years ago

Appalling! What century does this woman come from? Perhaps the pre-Enlightenment 17th century? It is time she read some case histories of how women's lives are ruined by rape, then perhaps she could get her thinking inot the 21st century.