Valerie Jarrett, among President Obama’s closest advisers, and Tina Tchen, first lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, called the meeting at the White House two days after the Pentagon reported a 35 percent rise in the number of military members victimized by sexual assault and related crimes over the past two years.
During a news conference the same day, Obama said, “If we find out somebody’s engaging in this stuff, they’ve got to be held accountable, prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged — period.”
You know as the father of a young woman, and a person who once taught self defense course for women, I cannot tell you how gratifying it is to see the President using such unequivocal language concerning sexual assault.
Sexual assault is not about sex, it is about power. And it is about using that power to demean, brutalize, and humiliate somebody into acquiescing to the demands of their assailant.
I for one hope that the President follows through on this and we start seeing some of these misogynistic jackasses standing in front of military courts and being forced to listen as their crimes are read out in front of their commanding officers and families before being court-martialed or dishonorably discharged.
However it should be noted that if stronger guidelines are implemented it will be most likely WITHOUT the support of the majority of Republicans who recently demonstrated their lack of support for victims by fighting against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.