WASHINGTON POST – Sex assaults in the military: An epidemic that is being ignored

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“The issue of sexual violence in the military is not new,” says Gillibrand. “And it has been allowed to go on in the shadows for far too long. Due to a number of hard-to-fathom events, this issue has been raised to the national consciousness. We must seize the opportunity and act so we can get closer to a true zero-tolerance reality in the Armed Forces.”

That is not going to be a cakewalk. Take the Cadets for Christ, a religious group at the Air Force Academy. According to Mikey Weinstein, head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, they espouse the idea of “the shepherding movement for female cadets. [The women] must be shepherded by males, even lower-ranking males. They are told that their value is that they have eggs. They are asked, ‘What are you doing here? This is not want Jesus wants.’ ”

Weinstein has letters from parents of female cadets testifying to these accounts. Years ago, even Pat Robertson denounced this group’s tactics.

If this is a tolerated group at the Air Force Academy (and the other military academies are not much better), how on earth can anybody, even the president, demand zero toleranceovernight? The fact is he can try. But nobody is going to pay attention.  Not until people actually start going to jail.

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