Discussions about state sponsored violence usually centers around our concern for police brutality..However, we need to make sure when speaking about this we include what is taking place in our military..Last year alone there were over 26 thousand sexual assaults.. 26 thousand.. and those are the ones that’s been reported.. Out of those 26 thousand only 238 had been addressed..This breaks down to over 70 assaults a day..
The other day a Facebook page showing pictures of battered women and ‘humorous’ comments like ‘She burned the bacon once’ was just pulled down after Bay Area Congress woman Jackie Spiers made a stink. Her office had confirmed that the Facebook page was being updated by active military personnel..
Its estimated that over one third of the women enlisted in the military have been assaulted by fellow soldiers…There’s a stunning documentary called ‘Invisible War: Home ‘ which was nominated for an Academy Award, that addresses this you can click the link here http://invisiblewarmovie.com/
As this inexcusable conduct is taking place with no signs of slowing down or being contained several things need to be kept in mind. First, we just saw our President push to allow for the FBI to have more access to watch over ordinary citizens to make sure we don’t do something foul.. We’ve seen increased militarization of our police forces all over the country where surveillance, some form of stop and frisk are all being deployed..We should be asking what measures, what cameras, what sort of surveillance is being put in place to make sure rapes and sexual assaults cease within our military? Seems to me that’s where we have a big time problem…