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Why Can’t We Get This From US Military Leaders?

June 19, 2013

Lately it seems that hardly a day goes by without yet another headline screaming about the epidemic of sexual assault or gross sexism in the U.S. military. Despite assurances from military brass and efforts (tepid though they may be) by members of Congress to combat the problem, you would be hard-pressed to find many people filled with confidence about the military’s ability and resolve to deal with the issue.

Should we feel better then to learn that the United States military is not alone in this? Turns out, the Australian Army is experiencing a similar problem; just last year establishing an independent Defense Abuse Response Taskforce to help it cope with sexual and other abuse. Then last week, the news turned even uglier:

News emerged this week of a military “Internet sex ring,” as the Sydney Morning Herald reports, in which male army officers and employees of a defense contractor emailed one another videos and photos of naked women, along with “derogatory comments about their conquests,” the paper reports.

At times, the men would also provide contact info, urging others to try to seduce the women. Australia’s reports that some of the women are members of the Australian Defense Force; others are civilians and government employees. The group of men called themselves the Jedi Council. [NPR]

This prompted Army Chief  Lt. Gen. David Morrison to issue the following video in which he “categorically dismisses the idea that sexism of any type has a place in the military.”

Now that’s what I call a leader. Wish we had a little of that here at home.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 19, 2013 11:53 am

    It’s a little sad I find his response so refreshing.

  2. June 19, 2013 11:51 am

    Reblogged this on Leaning Left and commented:

    Australian Army Chief lays down the law.

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