President Obama recently lectured the U.S. Naval Academy’s graduating class of 2013 on sexual assault during his commencement speech. The president’s remarks come amid same-stream media reports of an increase in sexual assault cases in the armed forces.
“Likewise, those who commit sexual assault are not only committing a crime, they threaten the trust and discipline that make our military strong. That’s why we have to be determined to stop these crimes, because they’ve got no place in the greatest military on Earth.”
While it’s not clear if the rate of sexual violence is any higher in the military than in the general-public, it is known one in two women and one in five men have experienced some sort of sexual violence. Obama must think rape – along with pillage and plunder – is a part of the military’s ethos.