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Sexual Assault, a concern in the U.S. that is not taken seriously

By: Rasul Gudarzi

U.S. , A country that claims to defend human rights and even criticizes others in this regard, not only has failed to control violence, but it has spread and deepened, both in society and in the U.S. Army, which contradicts international principles and rules.

The first article of the declaration on ending violence against women defines the following:

"For the purposes of this Declaration, the term 'violence against women' means any act of violence based on gender, or is likely to result in harm, physical, sexual or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life."

The issue of sexual assault in the U.S. keeps repeating.  A new report has revealed an increase of about 35% of sexual assault cases in the military. The U.S. Defense Department reported that last year there were 26,000 cases of sexual crimes in the United States Armed Forces. Report data accounts for almost 70 attacks a day, and also notes that one in five female soldiers in the U.S. has been the victim of unwanted sexual contact by their colleagues.

The frequent cases of gender rape in the USA have jeopardized the credibility of one of the most powerful armies in the world. Sexual assault is not at all a new thing among the soldiers who are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, as it has become routine and even the U.S. Defense Department publishes an annual report.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, sexual assault against women in the U.S. military is twice of what happens in society.

In the most recent case, a U.S. official in charge of the prevention of sexual crimes in the military ranks committed that crime that should be prevented.

 Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski was arrested for sexually assaulting a woman. The same has been removed from office, pending the results of an investigation into the allegations. Krusinski was head of a prevention program to respond to sexual assault in the Air Force.

U.S. senior military also are involved in these scandals. Gen. David Petraeus resigned last year from his position as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), for an affair, it splashed General John Allen, head of the mission of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO ) in Afghanistan.

The large number of  rape cases concerned the former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, so he called for a review of existing programs in morals formation and training, and stressed the importance of strengthening ethical standards to prevent loss of public confidence in the U.S. Army. However, there was no change in the training process of the U.S. military and the number of sexual assaults even increased, something that has worried President Barack Obama, who warned of sexual violence within the Armed Forces under his command.  He called it disgusting and a betrayal of military values.

The acts and perverse behavior are being developed in a remarkable way in the U.S., among them we can mention the sex scandals in Catholic churches in the country and the legalization of gay marriage in several states. The root of the scandals that emerged in the Catholic Church is in the prohibition of marriage of priests, which has involved even the bishops themselves in various child abuse scandals and pedophilia.

Sex scandals among U.S. military are not limited to the national territory. This phenomenon is much more prevalent  among troops deployed in other countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan and South Korea. In Japan, two American soldiers robbed and raped a twenty-something Japanese woman on the island of Okinawa, an assault that sparked demonstrations in which anti-American sentiments surfaced among the Japanese.

In another scandal registered in this same island in 1995, a group of U.S. soldiers raped a girl of 12 years of age.

Despite all these reported cases, both in the U.S. and in other countries where U.S. troops are deployed, strict measures have not been taken in this regard, since force commanders are involved in this issue. Therefore, the desire of President Barack Obamait is unlikely to materialize:

"For those in uniform who have experienced some form of sexual abuse, I want them to listen directly from their commander in chief, I have your backs and I will support you. And we will not tolerate this. They will be held accountable."


Translated from the Spanish version by:

Lisa Karpova
Pravda.Ru

Sexual Assault, a concern in the U.S. that is not taken seriously


By: Rasul Gudarzi

U.S. , A country that claims to defend human rights and even criticizes others in this regard, not only has failed to control violence, but it has spread and deepened, both in society and in the U.S. Army, which contradicts international principles and rules.

The first article of the declaration on ending violence against women defines the following:

"For the purposes of this Declaration, the term 'violence against women' means any act of violence based on gender, or is likely to result in harm, physical, sexual or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life."

The issue of sexual assault in the U.S. keeps repeating.  A new report has revealed an increase of about 35% of sexual assault cases in the military. The U.S. Defense Department reported that last year there were 26,000 cases of sexual crimes in the United States Armed Forces. Report data accounts for almost 70 attacks a day, and also notes that one in five female soldiers in the U.S. has been the victim of unwanted sexual contact by their colleagues.

The frequent cases of gender rape in the USA have jeopardized the credibility of one of the most powerful armies in the world. Sexual assault is not at all a new thing among the soldiers who are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, as it has become routine and even the U.S. Defense Department publishes an annual report.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, sexual assault against women in the U.S. military is twice of what happens in society.

In the most recent case, a U.S. official in charge of the prevention of sexual crimes in the military ranks committed that crime that should be prevented.

 Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski was arrested for sexually assaulting a woman. The same has been removed from office, pending the results of an investigation into the allegations. Krusinski was head of a prevention program to respond to sexual assault in the Air Force.

U.S. senior military also are involved in these scandals. Gen. David Petraeus resigned last year from his position as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), for an affair, it splashed General John Allen, head of the mission of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO ) in Afghanistan.

The large number of  rape cases concerned the former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, so he called for a review of existing programs in morals formation and training, and stressed the importance of strengthening ethical standards to prevent loss of public confidence in the U.S. Army. However, there was no change in the training process of the U.S. military and the number of sexual assaults even increased, something that has worried President Barack Obama, who warned of sexual violence within the Armed Forces under his command.  He called it disgusting and a betrayal of military values.

The acts and perverse behavior are being developed in a remarkable way in the U.S., among them we can mention the sex scandals in Catholic churches in the country and the legalization of gay marriage in several states. The root of the scandals that emerged in the Catholic Church is in the prohibition of marriage of priests, which has involved even the bishops themselves in various child abuse scandals and pedophilia.

Sex scandals among U.S. military are not limited to the national territory. This phenomenon is much more prevalent  among troops deployed in other countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan and South Korea. In Japan, two American soldiers robbed and raped a twenty-something Japanese woman on the island of Okinawa, an assault that sparked demonstrations in which anti-American sentiments surfaced among the Japanese.

In another scandal registered in this same island in 1995, a group of U.S. soldiers raped a girl of 12 years of age.

Despite all these reported cases, both in the U.S. and in other countries where U.S. troops are deployed, strict measures have not been taken in this regard, since force commanders are involved in this issue. Therefore, the desire of President Barack Obamait is unlikely to materialize:

"For those in uniform who have experienced some form of sexual abuse, I want them to listen directly from their commander in chief, I have your backs and I will support you. And we will not tolerate this. They will be held accountable."


Translated from the Spanish version by:

Lisa Karpova
Pravda.Ru