Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Family Research Council blames gay community for military sexual assaults

Leave it to the Family Research Council to exploit the serious problem of military sexual assaults to attack the lgbt community:

 President Obama is finally admitting that sexual assault is a serious problem in the military--but what he hasn't conceded is that his policy on homosexuality helped create it. According to a new Pentagon survey, most of the victims were not female (12,000 incidents), but male (14,000)--highlighting a growing trend of same-sex assault in our ranks. Although the Defense Department says it "recognizes the challenges male survivors face," one of the biggest problems is their silence in reporting it. The Washington Times, one of the first to highlight the discrepancy, explains that the Pentagon's attention is largely focused on the females experiencing abuse "overlooking the far greater numbers of men, who, according to the survey, are being v ictimized but not reporting it."

How could this happen? Well, for starters, the Obama administration ordered military leaders to embrace homosexuality--completely dismissing the concerns that it could be a problem to have people attracted to the same sex, living in close quarters. What's more, explains Marine Capt. Lindsay Rodman, the statistics aren't reliable and may be hiding thousands more cases of service-based abuse. "The truth is," she writes in the Wall Street Journal, "that the 26,000 figure [of victims] is such bad math--derived from an unscientific sample set and extrapolated military-wide--that no conclusions can be drawn from it." Except one, perhaps, which is that groups like FRC were right to be concerned about the overturning of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." 

FRC is saying that since gays are now allowed to openly serve, they are responsible for allegedly high number of male-on-male sexual assaults.  This is a false correlation. FRC - and others including World Net Daily - are automatically attributing this number to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in spite of the fact that there is no evidence to justify such a correlation.

Of course the facts have never mattered to FRC. Once the group has an angle, it generally exploits that angle to the fullest.

In other words, we shouldn't be surprised if we continue to hear the inaccurate correlation between military sexual assaults and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.


JimCracky said...

This is also a serious distortion for another reason. Some heterosexual men will sexually assault another man not with his genitals - as in rape - but with a foreign object such as a broom handle or other item to degrade, humiliate and physically injure the other person. This is a "sexual assault" but it is not gay-related and certainly has nothing to do with DNDT.

bill said...

Well at this point the opponents of open service are desperate to find a negative consequence of DADT repeal, especially considering the military’s success in allowing open service is now being cited as an example for the boy scouts to follow. Their conclusion falls apart the second it is subjected to any level of scrutiny but that won’t stop them from using it over and over because it’s all they got. In the same way they are forced to cite the Regnerus Study in testimony to state legislators, even after it has been preemptively refuted by previous testimony, because it’s all they have got. You can’t change a flat tire if you don’t have a spare.