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Sexual assaults by US military in Japan unlikely to end in prison

At US military bases in Japan, most service members found culpable in sex crimes in recent years did not go to prison, according to internal Department of Defence documents. Instead, in a review of hundreds of cases filed in America’s largest overseas military installation, offenders were fined, demoted, restricted to their bases or removed from the military. Full Article

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  1. Avig

    Do the military people who commit these sex crimes have to register as sex offenders? If they don’t have to, why should anyone else? Do you get as free pass to commit sex crimes just because you are a government employee?

  2. Eric Knight

    It is interesting to note that many of the cases involve drinking by both parties. When this happens there are tragic consequences for everyone concerned. I wonder how many circumstances occur where the “victim” was so drunk they “led on” their “attacker” to have sex, then regretted it upon sobering up? Or not so much led on, but acquiesced to male advances, then upon sobering up did the regret thing?

    Of COURSE I’m not denying or minimizing sexual violence, and I caution all males to keep it zipped up when the beer has been flowing. But having been in the military a long time ago, there were certainly enough gray area accounts that didn’t see more than a local commander’s office for each party. Now, every act of sex can potentially be a rape charge when alcohol among ANY party is involved.

    From a statistical standpoint, I would wager that the reason there aren’t as many prison sentences are because circumstances are similar to what I described above. The classical “rape” where a woman is taken against her will from the get-go is far less common in most rape cases, and more cases are brought about because of drug or alcohol was part of the process. Very troubling indeed, and keep in mind that alcohol abuse (or more rarely, drug abuse) causes more situations for rape than any other single reason.

  3. Q

    The prosecution rate and the sentences meted out sound strikingly similar to what a civilian police officer could expect (a slap on the wrist in comparison to what we are subjected to on a daily basis). When will that issue be addressed? I found the article disturbing for several reasons. The first of which is it sounds like there’s a call going out, leading up to a more civilian style of prosecution with punishments under laws already proven to be useless and quite harmful/life threatening, it also sounds like the anti sex wannabe pundits are using one of their favorite vehicles to rouse the rabble; the press.

    The second reason I find this disturbing is the article says.

    (“Victims increasingly declined to cooperate with investigators or recanted, a sign they may have been losing confidence in the system”)

    This sounds like a cleverly designed ploy to get the already increasingly hostile public even more outraged that so few prosecutions are taking place. It also indicates that perhaps all the reported cases are not as serious as this article would have you believe. Eric Knight mentions alcohol fueled indiscretions; maybe some of the “victims” (I’m getting sick of that word) realized that they are the ones that placed themselves in a position to be harmed and are just as responsible as the alleged “perpetrator” (another word I am getting sick of).

    The third reason, as already mentioned are the civilian laws. If these young men get prosecuted under these laws their lives are, for all intent and purposes ruined by way of laws that we all know serve no useful purpose (except for politicians and every one else that profit$ from these laws, including the prison industrial complex) and do not produce the intended results. And just how many of these “sex crimes” (tired of hearing that one too) actually involve “sex”? As everyone here knows there are many things, now called “sex crimes” that have nothing to do with “sex” that are now considered “sexual” because someone said they are “sexual”. I’m talking about things like a hug at a awkward moment, or an unwanted touch, ( the case of the man that grabbed a teen by the arm to admonish her for walking in front of his moving car comes to mind).

    The rabble rousers need to back off because they are just making the mess larger than it already is. The laws in place now need to be fixed before another witch hunt is instigated because they don’t work. This country needs to be fixed because it don’t work very well anymore, for that matter. This has to be the tenth article I read this year screaming about filthy, rotten, dirty sex I’ve read in the last six months!

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