The Military Sexual Assault Problem

You don't have to be a Christian to be disturbed at the recent testimony in the House regarding the military's sexual assault problem. Rape is real, it really happens inside the military, and in organizations that tout core values such as the Navy's Honor, Courage, and Commitment, it's unthinkable.

And yet it happens. Too often.

According to recent reports (Click Here), there are some 38 attacks on males a day and 33 attacks on females. I didn't watch Mr. Lewis' testimony at yesterday's meeting, but I have heard his testimony before and it's powerful. He's down to earth, humble, and sincere. I suggest you listen to it as well.

As I said earlier, you don't have to be a Christian to be disappointed in the sexual assault numbers. Further, you don't have to be a Christian in order to want to do something. However, I would suggest that if you are a Christian and don't want to do something about it, then you're missing the point of your faith. We don't ignore problems. We fix them.

While none of my Sailors has ever had to bring charges on someone, I have had to help a few students that received training by my sailors get started in the reporting process. It's a small part to play, but I did it. More than what I've done, however, I applaud those who are believers and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Advocates. Again, you don't have to be a Christian to want this to stop, but I am very proud of those who are Christians and are doing something active to achieve this end.

Rape is absolutely counter to everything the military teaches. I have absolutely zero tolerance or sympathy for those who are convicted of an assault. It's just pathetic, and I'm glad guys like Lewis are bringing it to the forefront with his testimony before Congress. 

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