Military Sex Scandals
The latest Pentagon statistics (2013) show out of 19,000 sexual assaults per year only 1,108 troops filed for an investigation and only 575 cases were processed. Of these 96 went to court-martial. This isn’t a resent problem. Some of the more notorious scandals from the past include the Tailhook scandal (1991), the Aberdeen scandal (1996), and the US Air Force Academy sexual assault scandal (2003).
Today sexual scandals continue to entwine their tentacles through the moral and ethical fiber of our military leaving it tattered and worn. Some, including chiefs of every military branch, believe commanders should continue to handle sexual assault investigations rather than professional prosecutors.
Lets get real. The military has had more than enough time (20 plus years) to fix the problem, if they could. But they didn’t, they failed — miserably.
Now it’s time for the military commanders and their supporters to get out of the way and let the professionals do their jobs.
From left, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Dana K. Chipman, the judge advocate general of the Army; Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey; Army Brig. Gen. Richard Gross, the legal counsel for the CJCS; and Chief of Naval Operations Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert testify about sexual assault in the military before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 4, 2013. (U.S. Army/Released)
DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp, U.S. Army