Beyond insensitive

Journalist’s remarks about sexual abuse in military are despicable

In an attempt to belittle and discredit the Obama administration at every turn, some commentators stop at little or no stupidity while making their point.

For the Rush Limbaughs and Sean Hannitys of the world, nothing but nothing coming out of Washington, and specifically this administration, is worth spit.

And then there is Liz Trotta.

For generations women have been complaining that in order to receive half the benefit of any labor, they need to do twice the work.

Ms. Trotta has proved that in order to be twice the fool of Rush Limbaugh, she only needs to make half the effort.

Last week, the Pentagon released a report noting that the number of sexual abuse cases in the military had increased by 64 percent.

Trotta didn’t explode in a rage against the abusers or the enablers.

In spectacular fashion, she blamed the victims ... and feminists.

On Fox News, Trotta (a regular Fox contributor) pointed out that the Pentagon report was basically so much silliness.

It was really all about women “...wanting to be warriors and victims at the same time.”

Really, Liz?

Here is the quote (I can’t make this stuff up):

“The sexual abuse report says that there has been, since 2006, a 64 percent increase in violent sexual assaults.

Now what did they expect?

“These people are in close contact, the whole airing of this issue has never been done by Congress. It’s strictly been a question of pressure from the feminists. And the feminists have also directed them, really, to spend a lot of money. They have sexual counselors all over the place, victims advocates, sexual response coordinators.

“So you have this whole bureaucracy being built up with all kinds of levels of people to support women in the military who are now being raped too much.”

Are you kidding me?

According to Trotta, the investigation into a pretty spectacular increase in sexual assault in the military was undertaken because of pressure by feminists — feminists who control the Pentagon.

(Actually, that might not be a bad idea. A little more common sense, and a little less testosterone.)

Feminists, she claimed, forced the Pentagon to spend money on frivolous investigations into a shocking increase in reported violent sexual crimes.

“Sexual counselors all over the place ...” she moaned.

And ...

“What did they expect? These people are in close contact ...”

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury. I implore you.

I was in the military - infantry. My wife was in the military — air force

We both were in “close contact” with service personnel of the opposite sex.

I never assaulted anyone — sexually or otherwise.

Since when is “close contact” some form of qualification for expected sexual assault or abuse?

What kind of person is Trotta to complain about some mythological increase in bureaucracy created to “support woman in the military who are now being raped too much.”

Could someone, anyone, please explain to me what “being raped too much” means?

When is someone “not raped enough?”

What is an acceptable level of being raped?

Can a member of the armed forces be “raped just enough?”

Gentle reader, there is no expectable degree of sexual harassment, assault, or rape.

Not in the military, and not in the civilian world.

A woman willing to serve this nation in the military, whether in a combat or non-combat role, should never need to “expect” to be raped.

A woman’s family waiting for her at home should never be forced to worry about the results of her being in “close contact” with guys - contact which Trotta openly insinuates inevitably results in rape.

Trotta’s comments are way the other side of offensive.

Her words are a soul-smacking insult to the men and women of this nation’s armed forces.

Oh. And by the way, according to a release by the Service Women’s Action Network following Trotta’s despicable comments:

“It has become a desperate but popular myth among commentators recently that women’s presence in the military necessarily means they will get raped. First, the mere presence of women in the workplace does not turn men into rapists. Second, the majority of victims of military rape over time have been men.

“In fact, half of the Military Sexual Trauma patients being treated at Veteran’s Affairs hospitals today are men.”

So, Ms. Trotta. Are the victims of sexual assault at fault for their own rape?

Are feminists the ones to be “at fault” for exposing the crimes?

Ms. Trotta, in the words of former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright:

“There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.”

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OK. I’ve had my say. Now what do you think? Do servicemen and women in the United States Armed Forces really deserve denigrating and belittling commentary such as that dished up by Liz Trotta? Is rape and abuse to be expected in the military? Is exposure of such assault cases just a feminist plot?

I put it out there, now what have you got to say?

Let me know by letter, note, e-mail, or on our website.

It’s your turn to speak up.