The military has once again shown that it is not serious about stopping sexual assault in the ranks. According to the Air Force Times:
“Staff Sgts. Brandon M. Donovan and Jonathon M. Fehl, of the 332nd Recruiting Squadron in Oak Ridge, Tenn., both pleaded guilty to multiple sexual misconduct charges at May 30 courts-martial. Both men were charged with wrongfully making sexual advances toward, or seeking or accepting sexual advances from an Air Force applicant and with adultery.
Both were reduced to E-1 and given a bad conduct discharge, and are now on appellate leave status while their cases are given customary reviews, according to Maj. Sean McKenna, an Air Force Recruiting Service spokesman.”
Um how about charging them with sexual assault and if the victim was underage, how about we call that statutory rape. Continuing to punish these predators with reduced rank and discharge from the military instead of jail time will not reduce the risk of sexual assault faced by every woman and girl who is considering joining the military, is in the military, is related to or dating someone in the military.
And in the meantime, military recruiters continue to prowl the halls of our schools in search of prey courtesy of the No Child Left Behind Act…