Despite millions of dollars in new programs, military sexual attacks are through the roof -- and after the latest study, Congress may be too! As alarming as the sexual crisis in the military is, the American Psychological Association believes it's much worse than the government is letting on.
Based on its own research, the APA thinks the Defense Department may be covering up the real numbers, which suggest "rates of military sexual trauma among men who served… as much as 15 times higher than has been previously reported." If that were true, it would translate into 180,000 male-on-male sexual assaults each year -- with more than 57,000 of them qualifying as rape. In a shocking new analysis, leading psychologist Sean Sheppard of the University of Utah, told the Washington Times that "the survey methods for the official military study were remarkably loose."
If the Association is right, it paints a frightening picture of the Obama Pentagon -- which is not only denying the fallout of its policies, but far worse, denying our servicemen the treatment and help they need. For years, the DOD has shrugged off the possibility that repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) would have any impact on the ranks. Now, four years into this brave new world, it turns out that conservatives and the dozens of military leaders who fought the change were right. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that when Congress introduced even more sexual tension into the ranks, it put thousands of our brave men and women into a defenseless and compromising position.
The White House has spent Barack Obama's entire presidency sexualizing the military, beginning with the repeal of DADT -- and continuing with the push for open transgenderism. Now, Defense officials are racing to reassure people that they're doing everything they can to get to the bottom of these issues -- only to inject more policies that accelerate both. They put political correctness ahead of national security and then seem surprised when the people who protect us are at risk.
The Pentagon downplayed the effects of open homosexuality when it was implemented in the military in 2011-- something it will certainly have a tough time doing now. Until that changes, and the administration gets serious about the root problems, every service member will be a victim of this sexually-charged environment.