Open mouth, insert foot:
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) on Tuesday suggested that the “hormone level created by nature” was to blame for rapes in the military and that all pregnant servicewomen should be investigated to make sure their condition was the result of consensual sex.
At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on sexual assaults within the military, Chambliss opined that the Pentagon’s decision to allow women in combat roles was only going to make the problem worse.
The Georgia Republican recalled that “several years ago when we had the first females go out on an aircraft carrier, when they returned to port, a significant percentage of those females were pregnant.”
Chambliss noted that Democratic proposals to modify the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and take sexual assault reporting outside of the victim’s chain of command might not work because young servicemen were being driven by their “nature.”
“The young folks coming in to each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22 or 23,” he pointed out. “Gee-whiz, the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur. So, we’ve got to be very careful on our side.”
Did the Republicans learn nothing from Todd Akin? If you are a male politician, there are two things you should never discuss in public: rape and female biology. Just don’t do it.
This is especially true if you are a Republican.
Hormones do not cause rape. Men can control their sexual urges. If they can’t, they are sexual predators and need to be locked up.
The military justice system is in bad need of reform. Everything from minor disciplinary offenses to major crimes are processed through the chain of command. One thing we should have learned by now that internal investigations and discipline simply do not work.
Make the Military Police, Criminal Investigations Units and JAG Corps independent. Minor offenses can still be referred back to unit commanders. Serious offenses should be referred directly to the Judge Advocate General (JAG) office where cases would be processed similar to civilian courts.
But stopping sexual assault in the military will require changing the “boys will be boys” mentality that still persists despite numerous cases and regular scandals every few years.
The mentality should be “Boys will behave, or else!” Zero tolerance for sexual assault or harassment.