Saturday, October 31, 2009

Speechless

Stacey's at Ft. Hood. She had a rape prevention seminar. According to the information presented at this class, 1 in 3 women at Ft. Hood will be raped. So will 1 in 8 men. This is soldier on soldier violence.

Sort of makes you want to throw up a little when you hear the Pentagon talking about our well disciplined soldier, the finest fighting unit in the world. I am sure that there are good soldiers in the military, ones who are earnest, disciplined, hardworking. However, based on the statistics I heard last night, we've got some predatory animals collecting a paycheck every month who do not deserve to be called soldiers. Those numbers horrified me, and this is just not acceptable.

And we thought our biggest worry was Stacey going to Iraq or Afghanistan.

13 comments:

WhiteStone said...

Yep. Commentary on the world in general. Plenty of violence out there. I can't believe it was this way when we were young...not to this extent anyway. Yah, there were bad people out there but not like there is now. Culture change. And not for the better. Just my humble opinion.

Caroline said...

That is appalling!

Mikey said...

Yeah, how exactly are we supposed to prepare them for that?
I think it's very very sad, and I think we ought to stay out of other people's countries until we get ours fixed. We aren't looking so good right now.

Kelly said...

Those are sobering statistics. Geez!

Bush Babe said...

Dear God - are you serious? That is utterly appalling... I have friends in the Aussie army - wonder what the stats are there?
BB

rhubarbwhine said...

That's just appalling. Is there no way to monitor this????

quid said...

This is terrible. And will probably never see the light of day, as far as national news is concerned.

quid

PaintedPromise said...

APPALLING gets my vote too!

Bill of Wasilla said...

This is terrible! But Stacey knows and she will be okay, I am quite certain. None-the-less, if the Army is capable of putting together these kind of statistics, then surely it is capable of putting a stop to it in all but the rarest of cases.

If that many women and men are being raped, then there's got to a huge number of rapists and every one of them needs to go out of the Army and into prison.

Anonymous said...

These numbers are terrible but there are many very respectible men in the military also and many not so respectible "ladies."

Debby said...

I find it interesting that when one wants to say something awful, they simply hide behind anonymous. Anonymous, if a man gets raped by a fellow soldier, did he 'deserve it'? Even if a woman is not 'a respectable person', she has a right to decide if she does not wish to be intimate with someone. She still has a right to say no.

I really cannot abide judgemental people, and I wish to make it perfectly clear, I do know fine and honorable soldiers. You, Anonymous, would not make the cut.

Alison said...

I can't begin to imagine how terrifying it must be to find out that someone you love is at risk. Those statistics are indeed quite terrifying. They are also not unique to the military. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men will experience sexual assault in thier lifetime. For women who have a disability it jumps to 8 in 10.
I understand that you post was more about solider on soldier voilence, and having no real experience with the military I can't really appreciate the thoughts and feelings associated with this. But as far as rape and shocking statistics go - I hear you.

Lori said...

It is very sad and scary that that kind of thing is so prevalent in the military. I'm sorry I'm just now getting by to say hi. I've been slowly catching up with everyone. I've committed to a post a day this month, and I'm also committed to staying in touch with the blogs I enjoy reading this month! Hope you are well.