Sexual Assaults In the Military

11754129-largeThe Senate Armed Services Committee is investigating an alarming Pentagon survey which revealed over 26,000 sexual assaults in our military ranks last year!

Although, almost a quarter of female troops in combat zones reported being victims of sexual assaults, most of the reported victims were not female but male (with 54% of the incidents reported). Two contributing factors are being suggested.

First is the sexually exploitative culture in our military, which is fueled, in part, by the sale or pornography in the exchange services and on ships and by access to pornography through electronic devices or other means on military bases.

Second, when the current administration ordered military leaders to overturn their  “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, it completely ignored concerns that it could be a problem to have people attracted to the same sex, living in close quarters.

Unfortunately, elections have consequences!

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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