From: Finbar McMullen, FSC
One aspect of this whole mess has never been mentioned by any of the elected officials testifying before Congress. We are dealing with hate crimes. The military is almost of necessity a macho organization. Coming out of the culture, such as it is, a good many of the rank-and-file of the military resent the presence of women in their midst. Since over 50% of the assaults were on men, it is no stretch to consider that most of these men are homosexuals. Again, there is this terrible prejudice against them in the wider society. Since these victims are so reluctant to report the assaults, the logical conclusion to all of this is that these prejudices go right up the chain of command. How else would a commander reverse a jury verdict of guilty? In civilian society, rape is recognized more as a crime of hatred for women than one of sexual passion. All of these assaults should be looked upon as hate crimes, and be treated as such. Those who say that taking these crimes out of the chain of command would destroy military discipline are just as dishonest as those who say that the Affordable Care Act is socialism. They are playing on fears, for which there is no substantiation. The effectiveness of this approach is underscored by the huge following of such people as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.