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War and Rape Go Hand-in-Hand

Is Reform Possible in the Military?

Senator Gillibrand has the right idea. Her challenge attacks one of the prime hurdles to justice in the US legal system: selective enforcement. It’s a continuum with demonization on one end and mitigation on the other. When it comes to the "crime" of whistleblowing, for example, the Obama administration is heavily working the demonization end of the continuum and giving out few breaks. Bradley Manning is facing life in prison -- while “Scooter” Libby got a pardon. The same is true with rape and sexual aggression in the military. Some get the breaks while others get the shaft.

The solution is simple: Men who rape and sexually abuse women in the military should be quickly prosecuted and put away for a long time. No ifs, ands or buts. It doesn't matter whether you're an officer, a flying ace or a Seal Team Six hero, you sexually assault a woman in uniform you go to jail.

The question hovering over the Senate Armed Services Committee is this: In an institution that relies so heavily on the masculine aggressive instinct -- what arguably drives a man to sexually dominate a female (or a male for that matter) -- is a tough solution even possible? Or are we, instead, doomed to the usual cover-up and PR sophistry?

When the dust settles, will women be forced to adjust to sexual predator behavior as an unfortunate reality, a form of collateral damage, in an increasingly separatist warrior military culture?

story | by Dr. Radut