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Monday, February 10, 2014

The Way US Military Dealt with Sex Crimes on Bases in Japan was "Random," "Chaotic," Says the AP

Posted by on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Some things are just too horrifying. From the AP today:

At U.S. military bases in Japan, most service members found culpable in sex crimes in recent years did not go to prison, according to internal Department of Defense documents. Instead, in a review of hundreds of cases filed in America's largest overseas military installation, offenders were fined, demoted, restricted to their bases or removed from the military.

In about 30 cases, a letter of reprimand was the only punishment.

More than 1,000 records, obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, describe hundreds of cases in graphic detail, painting a disturbing picture of how senior American officers prosecute and punish troops accused of sex crimes. The handling of allegations verged on the chaotic, with seemingly strong cases often reduced to lesser charges. In two rape cases, commanders overruled recommendations to court-martial and dropped the charges instead.

Even when military authorities agreed a crime had been committed, the suspect was unlikely to serve time. Of 244 service members whose punishments were detailed in the records, only a third of them were incarcerated.

The analysis of the reported sex crimes, filed between 2005 and early 2013, shows a pattern of random and inconsistent judgments...

Go read the whole thing.

 

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Analogies: Where the Catholic church went so far astray because they treated rape as a sin, and not as a crime. The U.S. military seems to think rape is a discipline problem, not a crime. The church and the military believe they know how to handle sin and disciplinary problems, respectively, better than anyone else, and so in their arrogance they totally screw up dealing with a heinous crime. Except that Raku will probably chime in to this thread to say, the real problem is that in both cases the power structure is overwhelmingly male. And, truth is, she's probably right.
Posted by Eric from Boulder on February 10, 2014 at 5:12 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 2
@1,

Letting sex offenders get away with it is exactly the opposite of treating it as a discipline problem.
Posted by keshmeshi on February 10, 2014 at 5:57 PM · Report this
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In other words, it's just like sex-crime enforcement almost everywhere.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on February 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 4
@1.. i dunno about that analogy.. getting gay married can get you fired and ex-communicated from the catholic church, but gay rape ?
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on February 10, 2014 at 11:39 PM · Report this
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Wait What? Sex crimes committed by U.S. military personnel in Japan. We should do something about that. My first memory of hearing this story was idk around 1980. Sad that it is still going on. It's not like we haven't had time to address it.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on February 11, 2014 at 12:33 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 6
Ohfercrisakes! Men need sex! Open brothels by military bases. In all of human history, no army has been forced to go without sex. This moral high horse we're always on causes us these problems.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 11, 2014 at 2:26 AM · Report this
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Once upon a time during the Korean conflict, a mother complain to her congressman, that her son said he preferred to stay "on line" rather than take a pass to the rear. He told his mother the only thing to do was get drunk and go to whore houses. The congressman complained to Marine Corp Commandant Gen Chester Puller and questioned him about all this sanctioned immorality and sin. Pullers reply was, "show me a Marine who doesn't want to fuck and I'll show you one who doesn't want to fight!

I also believe the term hookers is a nick name for the prostitutes that massed near civil war General Hooks soldiers as they deployed around Washington DC. #6 is pretty much correct.

Seriously now, there is a world of difference between rape and sport fucking. The military leadership at all levels better get a hold of the rape shit.
Posted by charliebickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:08 AM · Report this
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In the 1990's, I first heard that U.S. soldiers in Japan--Okinawa?--had been accused of raping a 12-year-old (girl). I thought that was a one-time thing, but every few years you hear in the news, both U.S. news and reporting from other countries, that U.S. soldiers in Japan have been accused of having sex with children.
Posted by Amelia on February 11, 2014 at 1:53 PM · Report this

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