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Updates  2020/01/27 Defense-2012/04/29 and NY Times-2019/09/10 articles added; QUICK LINKS https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/11/15/murder-charges-filed-against-navy-marine-special-operators-in-incident-that-killed-green- beret-in-africa/?utm_source=clavis https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2018/04/28/us-marines-allegations-tulane-louisiana-nr.cnn https://www.thedailybeast.com/marine-didnt-report-her-sexual-assault-because-she-feared-not-getting-top-secret-clearance marinecorptimes.com https://defence.pk/pdf/threads/criminal-hazing-raped-by-his-fellow-soldiers.176640/ http://www.jag.navy.mil/courts/documents/archive/2018/ABBOTT-201600375-UNPUB.pdf https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/04/30/dod-marines-had-highest-increase-in-reports-of-sexual-assaults/ https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/marine-drill-instructor-gets-10-years-abusing-recruits-n819816 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/magazine/sexual-assault-marine-corps.html https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/10/us/men-military-sexual-assault.html https://taskandpurpose.com/parris-island-marine-corps-abuse/ https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/11/marines-suspend-general-who-called-allegations-sexual-harassment-fake- news/502788002/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/09/29/they-put-us-through-hell-a-marine-abused-at-boot-camp-explains-why-he-spoke- out/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.cd6a214089b4 https://www.vox.com/first-person/2017/3/9/14861796/marines-sexual-harassment-sexism https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/09/30/the-often-forgotten-boot-camp-scandals-that-dot-marine-corps- history/?utm_term=.df9ce5b8a98b&noredirect=on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAiNUdeYLsg Military Rapes  from Notes Current Commentary 2020/02/03 On the US military: hazing and rapes can be seen as a form of friendly fire, although there is nothing friendly and kind about it; in this sense, our own people harm or kill our own; it destroys lives and morale; it eats the military from the inside out; it has long-term devastating effects even after military service is over.  Military leaders are said to not have taken the concerns seriously enough over a long period of time, with rape victims not listened to or responded to properly.  Yet we need to give those military leaders credit for doing the right thing when a rape is reported; we must not jump to conclusions that all military leaders are corrupt or inept in these matters.  It is devastating to have so much negativity directed at the very groups that are dying protecting the country overseas.  Let us all apply honest and common sense these matters; not out to vilify the military, but to try to help it clear out the things that interfere with its best performance.  Also, we don’t want hard working and embattled soldiers - people who have had to deal with extreme situations overseas - further victimized by criminal acts within their ranks.  They deserve better than this. The other issue here is rapes which occur when working alongside groups from other countries, like Iraq and Afghanistan.  Rapes can and do occur on both sides, Iraqi and American.  There is, for example, a rape and murder case indicated in the Iraq/Crimes section on this website. However, the issues of Iraqi penetration into American prisons probably has not been given enough pubic attention, although much was written on the corruption and widespread abuse at Abu Ghraib in Iraq.  How much maltreatment was directly from Iraqi persons supposedly working with Americans probably gets lost in the shuffle; we an ask how much of it was actually American in those prisons and how much of it was something else?  In addition, let’s say an American soldier was treated at a hospital in Baghdad manned by a variety of groups.  What if while getting so-called medical help, he was also raped and victimized?  He is in there for an EFP explosion related injury, but things are so crazy, he gets abused just for being at the hospital at the wrong time and place.  As an American soldier, he is supposed to be on top and the good guy, but while his arm and leg are torn up, he has little protection and gets “it” from so-called staff and others hanging around the hospital at the time he is supposed to be getting what is primarily American military medical treatment.  Humiliated and also made to believe this is the lot of the American soldier, he doesn’t push for his civil rights in the matter.  Part of the game is to make Americans feel like losers and so much “shit”, which eats at a person’s self-worth.  In other words, along with the bad deeds are words and energies that get inside you, inside your head and psyche.  This non-physical abuse can keep a person from speaking out or standing up for himself later.  Although this hospital rape/abuse scenario is imaginary at this point, you can sense how something like this could happen in Middle Eastern combat zones involving American soldiers.  The fact Americans were training and working with Iraqis that were being infiltrated by insurgents can explain how something like this could happen, but it also can come from the differences of cultures.  For example, Iraqis long under Saddam’s reign might have developed low grade tendencies.  How many American soldiers raped by Iraqis supposedly working with them have not spoken up, or have not had their concerns appropriately handled?  The fact many Americans come back from Iraq unable to trust anyone can account for the Iranian, Al-qaeda and mixed government leadership loyalties backstabbing Americans left and right even while the Americans were trying to clean up messes all over the country.  There is no wonder American veterans from Iraq don’t trust anyone, but not trusting alone will not help solve the problems.  People need to come forward with any remaining unrevealed or unreported rapes and other forms of maltreatment both from other Americans and those Iraqis who were supposed to be working with them.  In addition, Americans were often asked to work with insurgents who had formerly fought Americans in a bad way.  Criminals were let out of prison and funded to work with Americans.  This put soldiers and their leaders in compromising situations and muddied the waters of “us” and “them.”  Insome cases, we saw some improvements when the enemy decided to work with us.  But the muddied waters could lead to increased risks for American soldiers, a loss of morale and more.  Although there were sincere Iraqis working alongside Americans, and these people cannot be forgotten or overlooked, or unnecessarily lumped in with the others, we need to be aware of those Iraqis who were playing ruthless games around the Americans.  It is a complex subject. As such, then: -pay attention to all rapes of every kind across all of the military branches, including the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard; gain access to all records and start charting the information across various determining variables, looking for trends and isolated events -pay attention to real or hyped information on gangs in the military; where there is a verified presence of gangs, be on alert to: rapes, hazing and gangstalking -in all news stories of any kind, watch for hype and the idea of Making the Other Guy Look Bad, one of the first sections you should read on this website SEXUAL ABUSE Military In General Army Defense (2012/04/29) Crazy Troop’ NCOs court-martialed after initiation ritual in Iraq went too far, Army victims say. By Michelle Tan - Staff writer Note from RG/PF: There are numbers in this article, not sure why https://defence.pk/pdf/threads/criminal-hazing-raped-by-his-fellow-soldiers.176640/ Excerpt:  The attack lasted about a minute. But Wright was not the first, nor the last, soldier in C Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, to endure this kind of assault….The cases against the soldiers in 1st Squadron stem from incidents that happened during a one-year deployment in Iraq from September 2010 to August 2011. After the attacks were reported, four soldiers were charged with crimes ranging from aggravated sexual contact to hazing, maltreatment and breaking and entering. Three of the soldiers — Sgt. Josue A. Nunez-Byers, Sgt. Brian S. Cornell and Sgt. Shane M. Newitt — have already been to court-martial. A fourth trial, for Spc. Benjamin Hill, is pending….Meanwhile, the 1st Cavalry Division, the soldiers’ parent division, has launched a “thorough 15-6 investigation into these incidents, including actions taken or not taken by the chain of command,” Fort Hood officials said. &#8220 Various Older Assault Cases Across Different Divisions of the Military New York Times (2019/09/10) Men military sexual assault Photographs by MARY F. CALVERT Text by DAVE PHILIPPS https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/10/us/men-military-sexual-assault.html EXCERPTED SUMMARIES  Marines Murder Murder charges filed against Navy, Marine special operators in incident that killed Green Beret in Africa By: Todd South  https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/11/15/murder-charges-filed-against-navy-marine-special-operators-in-incident-that- killed-green-beret-in-africa/?utm_source=clavis Sexual Harassment, Assault I was a Marine. I can’t be silent about the sexual harassment I faced anymore. I still remember carrying a knife into the showers with me. By Kate Hendricks Thomas  Updated Jul 12, 2017 https://www.vox.com/first-person/2017/3/9/14861796/marines-sexual-harassment-sexism 3 Marines accused of sexual assault Three US Marines are accused of sexually assaulting a Tulane University student and her friend in Louisiana. CNN's Polo Sandoval reports.Source: CNN https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2018/04/28/us-marines-allegations-tulane-louisiana-nr.cnn Marine Corp Times dot com:  Marines find culture of hazing, abuse at boot camp after recruit's death at Parris Island By: Gina Harkins  and Jeff Schogol  (2016/09/08)   marinecorptimes.com The Marine Corps had the highest increase in sexual assault reports among the services By: Tara Copp     April 30 https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/04/30/dod-marines-had-highest-increase-in-reports-of-sexual-assaults/ I Was Sexually Assaulted by Another Marine. The Corps Didn’t Believe Me. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/magazine/sexual-assault-marine-corps.html The Marines Are Still Haunted By Their ‘Monster In The Closet’ As Abuse Trial Looms By WADE LIVINGSTON, THE ISLAND PACKET  on October 29, 2017 https://taskandpurpose.com/parris-island-marine-corps-abuse/ ‘They put us through hell’: A Marine abused at boot camp explains why he spoke out By Dan Lamothe September 29, 2016 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/09/29/they-put-us-through-hell-a-marine-abused-at-boot-camp- explains-why-he-spoke-out/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.cd6a214089b4 Marine Drill Instructor Gets 10 Years for Abusing Recruits Joseph Felix taunted the Muslims as “terrorists” or “ISIS” and ordered two of them to climb into a clothes dryer, a jury decided. Nov. 10, 2017 / 2:07 PM MST / Updated Nov. 10, 2017 / 2:07 PM MST By Associated Press https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/marine-drill-instructor-gets-10-years-abusing-recruits-n819816 I’m going to kill you.’ The often-forgotten boot camp scandals that dot Marine Corps history By Dan Lamothe September 30, 2016 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/09/30/the-often-forgotten-boot-camp-scandals-that-dot-marine- corps-history/?utm_term=.df9ce5b8a98b&noredirect=on Marines suspend general who called allegations of sexual harassment 'fake news' Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY Published 7:10 a.m. ET April 11, 2018 | Updated 9:04 p.m. ET April 16, 2018 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/11/marines-suspend-general-who-called-allegations-sexual-harassment- fake-news/502788002/ Youtube PBS NewsHour Published on Apr 2, 2018 A year ago, hundreds of current and former Marines were exposed as having posted explicit photos of women, including female Marines, along with degrading or abusive comments, on a private Facebook group. Senior leaders in the Corps vowed to punish those involved and to root out a culture of misogyny revealed by the scandal. William Brangham reports on what’s happened since then. FSubscribe to PBS NewsHour podcasts: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/podcasts Subscribe to our email newsletters: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/subscribe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAiNUdeYLsg