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Sexual Assaults Up 64% at Military Academies
The punishment rarely fits the crime."The longest sentence that  the military handed out in these academy rape cases was only 3-1/2 years  in prison," said Anuradha Bhagwati, executive director of SWAN. "The  fact that an individual can plead guilty to raping a fellow cadet and  receive punishments like demerits or additional duty instead of jail  time is unconscionable."
“The reality today is that military academies are insular environments  where sexual predators face little risk of prosecution, and survivors  have little hope for institutional protections,” Bhagwati said in a  press release Thursday. “The academies integrated in 1976 and it took 30  years before a West Point cadet was convicted on a rape charge.   Although cadets are finally being prosecuted for sexual offenses, the  punishment rarely fits the crime.  To change the current culture of  impunity, we must hold military leaders accountable by demanding that  they support survivors and relentlessly prosecute sexual predators.”

Sexual Assaults Up 64% at Military Academies

The punishment rarely fits the crime.

"The longest sentence that the military handed out in these academy rape cases was only 3-1/2 years in prison," said Anuradha Bhagwati, executive director of SWAN. "The fact that an individual can plead guilty to raping a fellow cadet and receive punishments like demerits or additional duty instead of jail time is unconscionable."

“The reality today is that military academies are insular environments where sexual predators face little risk of prosecution, and survivors have little hope for institutional protections,” Bhagwati said in a press release Thursday. “The academies integrated in 1976 and it took 30 years before a West Point cadet was convicted on a rape charge.  Although cadets are finally being prosecuted for sexual offenses, the punishment rarely fits the crime.  To change the current culture of impunity, we must hold military leaders accountable by demanding that they support survivors and relentlessly prosecute sexual predators.”

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Obama appoints openly gay service member to West Point board - The Washington Post

  President Obama on Tuesday appointed an openly gay Army veteran, Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton, to the Board of Visitors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

  Fulton, who will be the board’s first openly gay member, graduated from West Point in 1980 as a member of the first class to admit women. She served for five years in the Army Signal Corps and was honorably discharged with the rank of captain.

 Obama “gets” a few things….I guess….maybe he is promoting LGBT rights and maybe he is not encouraging LGBT to get inline with the war effort or trying to appease some of his LGBT critics- Glenn Greenwald, Manning, Moore, etc.

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