Military's Sex Assault Investigations Need Serious Overhaul
Maureen Dowd and Robin Abcarian: Recent scandals may incite change
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2013 10:58 AM CDT
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III tells the Senate Armed Services Committee that "hook-up" culture is the cause of the military's sexual assault problems.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – It has been a disgraceful week for the US military and sexual assault: First, the man in charge of preventing sexual assault in the Air Force, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinksi, is charged with committing sexual battery; then it's reported that military sexual assault reports rose 6% last year; and then an Air Force general blamed the problem on America's "hook-up mentality." But if there's an upside to all this, it's that this confluence of events may finally inspire some reform, writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times—not least of all because "three of the six Senate Armed Services subcommittees are now led by women."

Over in the LA Times, Robin Abcarian concurs. "Maybe, in the end, we will thank Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinksi," she writes. "When it comes to dealing with the rape and assault epidemic that plagues our armed forces, Krusinksi's tawdry story puts the finest point on all you need to know about the military’s problem with saying one thing and doing another." Both agree: sexual assault investigations need to be removed from the chain of command. "The military brass cossetting predators are on notice," writes Dowd. "The women of Congress are on the case." Click to read Dowd's full column here and Abcarian's full column here.

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HANKHILL
May 9, 2013 6:02 AM CDT
cant make this stuff up! yike!
old_guy
May 8, 2013 12:33 PM CDT
Lets see now, we take an all young male army and decide that its not socially fair to young females, we then rub the young females against young healthy males and we are surprised at what happens next. Life in the military is many times of a more close relationship than any other type of employment with extended periods of contact in personal ways not encountered in any other occupation. That does not make forceful sexual contact acceptable but it should make it understandable to the dimmest who will see its not going to be real easy to combat and maintain a cohesive military where all the young males know their careers can instantly be shattered because of a questionable report by an unhappy young female.
DougMasters
May 8, 2013 11:18 AM CDT
You're supposed to be apart of a machine that protects the citizens of the country, and protects your fellow soldiers... Yet you choose to assault citizens and soldiers. I would figure that any soldier who hears such a thing, their first instinct would to be a "soldier" and not an enabler.