Sexual Assault is the Latest Witch Hunt in America’s History: Guilt By Accusation and Public Shaming is the New Norm, and It’s Wrong


History of  Witch Hunts in America, located at the Salem Witch Museum, Massachusetts

Society has a tendency to respond in a crisis oriented fashion to a moral panic. After “The Invisible War” gaslighted America, all women soldiers were victims and all male soldiers were predators. This has been a repeated cycle after every sexual assault scandal. The media narratives reflect this and continue to perpetuate the myths typically choosing a blonde white female as the ‘victim’. But that’s not how it works in real life and male victims of crime in the military set both the filmmakers and the media straight. The momentum died off so they created another film about college sexual assault and tried again creating a female versus male division. No one really knows the statistics at the college campuses but in the military, the majority of victims of sexual assault and homicide are men. We care about the men just as much as we care about the women. We care about facts and evidence and have learned that the devil is in the details.

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A Complete List of the 35 Basic Military Training Instructors Court Martialed in the Lackland Air Force Base Sex Scandal
Minnesota football rape case emblematic of campus witch-hunt culture
Rape Culture in the West is as Real as ‘Witchcraft in Salem’
A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of victim accused of witchcraft in early american Massachusetts in between February 1692 and May 1693. The tests caused the executions of twenty victim, fourteen of them women, and all however one by suspendeding. Twelve mistress had formerly been implemented in Massachusetts as well as Connecticut throughout the 17th century. In spite of being generally known as the Salem witch trials, the initial hearings in 1692 were performed in several communities: Salem Village (currently Danvers), Salem Town, Ipswich and Andover. The most well known trials were performed by the Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692 in Salem Town. -History Channel


The Invisible WarRape Culture and the US Military: Why Nothing has Changed…Yet.

Two Steps in the Right Direction

1). Since April, those in “high-level military or intelligence positions” are no longer required “to disclose that they sought counseling when applying for a higher intelligence clearance.” This will be of great assistance to survivors of sexual assault, who “often forego counseling for fear it will effect their ability to rise through the ranks.” Think Progress shares the story of Jennifer Norris, former member of the Maine National Guard who got counseling after she was raped.

“But then it came time to renew the security clearance she needed for her job…” “…she decided to leave the National Guard rather than ‘sharing that information with all those people when my husband didn’t even know.’”

This exemption now joins family, grief, marital, and post-combat stress counseling, which themselves have only been options since 2008. One study found that women in the military who had survived sexual assault were nine times more likely to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, so the ability to receive counseling without fear of your privacy being violated is essential for these service members’ mental health.

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Rape In The Military: An Epic Tragedy Enabled By Poor Governance

Did you see the recent New York Times article on the outrageous questioning of an alleged rape victim during a military trial? The scene described dovetails with events going on at the University of Southern California Price School, where I teach and direct the Bedrosian Center on Governance. It also highlights how poor governance structures can make a bad system even worse.

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