March 7th, 2012
12:44 AM ET

Female service members sue U.S. military for alleged rape, sexual assault

Eight current and former U.S. service members filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging they were raped, sexually assaulted or harassed while serving in the military and were retaliated against once they reported the abuse.

Among the defendants named in the suit are current and former Defense and Navy secretaries and Marine Corps commandants.

"Although defendants testified before Congress and elsewhere that they have 'zero tolerance' for rape and sexual assault, their conduct and the facts demonstrate the opposite: They have a high tolerance for sexual predators in their ranks, and 'zero tolerance' for those who report rape, sexual assault and harassment," according to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington.

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  1. Superman

    These people perform a duty to our country and the civilians, how could anybody commit such an act towards these women? So much for our tax dollars at work! These people being accused , and found guilty should get the book thrown at them in a civil court.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. ♔Mmmmm♕

    while I do sympathized with the victims, those perps hiding behind the uniform and rank know who to pick-on...i would not even waste time my time or theirs reporting...it would be a whoopass assault with a military grade weapon in the right hand and a PTSD claim in the left...nuf said.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Why we call it war.

    Let's hope none of the victims were sodomized in violation of US Military Code thanks to your commander in chief being against sodomy. If it eren't officially against code, it wouldn't even be a topic. (other than discussions involving morality and spreading hiv)

    March 7, 2012 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      No, Philip, we are just happy as hell that they were only ra ped, and not sodomized.
      Jesus Christ, your empathy for anyone without testicles is sorely lacking.

      March 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AMERICA 1st

    A hooray and a yippee for those ladies whos bringing that cowardly acts done to them out in the open to public scrutiny and getting those "men" to get made known. The males that do that kind of stupidity should ae locked up at Leavenworth for the rest of their lifetime, if for no other reason than stupidity!

    March 7, 2012 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Why we call it war.

    Stupidity is not bad enough to get you kicked out of the military. Sodomy is though. (according to President BushBama) Either way, innocent casualties of war. We have them here too.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      This isn't stupidity, this is brutlality.
      Sorry the people involved were not of the correct gender and age.

      It's ALL heinous.

      March 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ♔Mmmmm♕

    ...not stupidity stupidity...those are grave crimminal act of cruel violence that offend the dignity of the victim.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Why we call it war.

    ...could be they did this to some of the enemies women if they did it to Americans. Wondering how many cream colored babies there are in Iraq and Afghanistan. Probably not as many as at Camp Pendleton, but a few no doubt.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
    • ♔Mmmmm♕

      did you just play the wace card here? ...wapists tend to wape victims of that share the same wacial profile...these women are rhite more than likely their wapist are rhite...

      March 7, 2012 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      ...Could be that you are trying to deflect the topic away from what this thread is truly about...a crime against WOMEN....and once again divert it to your agenda, whatever the hell it is today.
      Could be.

      March 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    I don't know why anybody would concern himself with "sodomy" these days, but then I didn't understand why my father, who had survived the Depression (the one ended by WWII), insisted that I wear a suit and tie to visit my grandparents, who lived on a farm five miles down a dirt road from a town of about 300 people.
    "You never can tell who you might run into up there," he said.
    I should care about sodomy? Someone else's sodomy?
    Seriously?
    I don't eat pigs' feet either, but I don't care if you enjoy them.
    BTW, if you like sodomy with strangers, wear a raincoat.

    March 7, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      If it was ra pe of a childer that included sodomy, I'm concerned.
      Between two consenting adults? Not so much.

      I am talking now about the posted topic.
      This happens in the military, and it is reprehensible and needs to be addressed, and a STOP put to it.
      How nice that there are those here, both on the boards and in the military, that have the "Blame the victim" mentality.
      Swell that they would put the crime of ra pe back into the lovely 50's, when that idea should have died.

      Pillar of salt?
      Not hypocritical at all, but one that amused me greatly.

      March 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    You know, I saw a pillar of salt on the sidewalk down at 8th Street the other day.
    Do you think–?

    March 7, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. Haley Behre

    Reblogged this on haleybehre.

    March 7, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    Much agreed Joey! I wouldn't care about your daughter's S odomy either.

    March 7, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

      Good morning, Mary. Please give my regards to Philip.
      I thank you for your noble consideration of my family's privacy.
      My daughter and my two sons all know the interpretations of the word sodomy.
      I'm happy to tell you that, as models of mental health, not one of our children shares either your view of sodomy or your fear of becoming salt.

      March 7, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dott

    Where did my post go? Why was it not posted. Only tried to tell the females that this is a man's world and they rule. Why was that so wrong?

    March 7, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    Dear Joey, As I suspected you would thiink, my comment was not *only* in regards to Philip. Again the issue of So domy is NOT all about one individual but the communities across the country and around the world that have had to endure this horrific act. (The love of the greater number will cool off) ... as a well known verse puts it. In regards to your childerns privacy, I have not, nor never have violated their privacy. I believe in making a point as clear and concise as possible the first time.

    Salt ! you say? Very hypocritical of you Joey.

    March 7, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    All in all an embarrassing story for us. Those perps should be dealt with post haste.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree, saywhat.
      I especially thought the defense that the two rap ists used, that is was consensual, against the one victim, extremely nasty.
      It would never hold up in a mainstream court system, I wonder why it does in the military justice system?

      March 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Tghe hottific act of ra pe, whether it includes sodomy or not?
    We all know that a misogynistic view is that the woman of course deserved it, whether it is true or not.
    NOBODY deserves it, no matter what age or gender!
    Shame on those who would take this crime lightly...even using it to try and use it for their own agenda.
    Shame on them!

    March 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
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