This article, “False Reports Outpace Sex Assaults In The Military” is an important item:
From 2009 to 2012, the number of sexual abuse reports rose from 3,244 to 3,374 — a 4 percent increase.
During the same period, the number of what the Pentagon calls “unfounded allegations” based on completed investigations of those reports rose from 331 to 444 — a 35 percent increase.
In 2012, there were 2,661 completed investigations, meaning that the 444 false complaints accounted for about 17 percent of all closed cases last year. False reports accounted for about 13 percent of closed cases in 2009.
It’s almost as though the reports of a Rape Culture with 1/3 women in the military being raped is overstated or something.
We don’t know what constitutes a “false complaint” or how much officer discretion is involved, but maybe this is a good sign, because a 17% false accusation rate is the tip of the iceberg. Believe it. But reporting like this piece, which cites numbers purporting to show that the Army is lax in dealing with sexual assault complaints (e.g. cites 2010: 19k members sexually assaulted, 13.5% of incidents reported with 17.5% of those 13.5% being prosecuted–even if you take the numbers at face value–maybe some of those 86.5% of unprosecuted incidents might be false accusations, hmm?) doesn’t even allow for the possibility of false accusation.
“Female service members told me that some women invite problems which lead men on and then result in advances the woman can’t turn off. Too often, such female culpability leads to allegations of sexual contact, assault and then the women feign innocence.”
Huh what?! Putting women in units with men causes problems with cohesion and culture, and women are partially responsible for putting themselves in situations they didn’t want?! Takes two to tango, indeed. It’s also time to start asking how many women are accused of sexual harassment in the military and to go black knight on that.
“Elaine Donnelly, who runs the Center for Military Readiness, said the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Office (SAPRO) is ignoring the problem of false reports.
“Unsubstantiated accusations remain a significant problem, but the SAPRO is doing nothing about it,” Mrs. Donnelly said. “I went through both volumes and found no evidence of concern about the significant 17 percent of ‘unfounded accusations.’ Something should be done to reduce the numbers of false accusations, the first step being an admission that the problem exists.”
DOD is ignoring the problem? Surprise! That can’t possibly be due to the feminized, PC-oriented, careerist officers that are primarily concerned with being promoted, not combat effectiveness. Ironically, there are no advocates for men in the military.
Standard position: sexual assault and abuse should not be tolerated, just in case anyone thinks I’m positing otherwise.
However, people respond to incentives, and women in the military have incentives to “feel pretty,” which encourages men.
Women have policy incentives to report falsely if there are other disciplinary or interpersonal issues involved, like if she doesn’t like him for some reason. (To be sure, there may be local incentives not to report, but to ignore or discount the incentives that exist to report is one-sided and ignorant.)
Officers have incentives to aggressively prosecute even somewhat credible reports of abuse or assault. It’s a career booster. This results in a culture of fear (of working with women) and resentment (towards the Army and women) among the men, reinforced by mandatory Equal Opportunity powerpoint and Examples’ heads staked on the lawns. It does not result in a warrior culture capable of winning wars.
These are merely some of the side effects of integrating women into the military, and detract from combat effectiveness. The implicit equalist or femi-is-inherently-Good philosophy of the PC femi-careereaucrat cabal is starting to crack under empirical evidence. I only hope it goes before we needlessly lose a lot of good boys and girls in the mud on foreign fields somewhere.