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Old 04-21-2009, 08:46 AM
 
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Women serve an increasingly expanded role in our military and are on the front lines in Iraq. They are brave, smart, strong.. and sexually abused. The percentages are staggering! We cannot turn a blind-eye to what these women (and often teenagers) are facing. How can we better protect them? These could be our daughters....

"Between 2006 and 2008, some 40 women who served in the Iraq War spoke to me of their experiences at war. Twenty-eight of them had been sexually harassed, assaulted or raped while serving.

They were not exceptions. According to several studies of the US military funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs, 30% of military women are raped while serving, 71% are sexually assaulted, and 90% are sexually harassed.

The Department of Defense acknowledges the problem, estimating in its 2009 annual report on sexual assault (issued last month) that some 90% of military sexual assaults are never reported."

BBC NEWS | Americas | Women at war face sexual violence
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Texas
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No. And I wouldn't support my son's decision to serve either.

We have no business in Iraq as far as I can see. This doesn't mean I don't support our troops - it simply means that I feel that what goes on in Iraq is none of our business and we need to stay out of it. If it's about oil, we should drill for more oil here at home and/or expand use of alternative energy.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:48 AM
 
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Yes, I would. The military teaches young people discipline which I find lacking in many of our youth.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:48 AM
 
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No, but then I would afraid for my children regardless of their sex. Typical mama bear reaction from me....
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:49 AM
 
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Yes, I would. The military teaches young people discipline which I find lacking in many of our youth.
Did you read the article???
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Pa
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Yes I would and in fact I would be very proud. I would caution her to avoid any UN duty. UN duty in my experience means we get the worst of jobs.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:06 AM
 
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No. And I wouldn't support my son's decision to serve either.

We have no business in Iraq as far as I can see. This doesn't mean I don't support our troops - it simply means that I feel that what goes on in Iraq is none of our business and we need to stay out of it. If it's about oil, we should drill for more oil here at home and/or expand use of alternative energy.
You're letting your own self-serving biases about the war in Iraq cloud your judgement of your child's potential willingness to serve his/her country.

You should be ashamed of yourself.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:07 AM
 
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You're letting your own self-serving biases about the war in Iraq cloud your judgement of your child's potential willingness to serve his/her country.

You should be ashamed of yourself.
Agreed
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:08 AM
 
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absolutely. i would be proud of her.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:09 AM
 
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You're letting your own self-serving biases about the war in Iraq cloud your judgement of your child's potential willingness to serve his/her country.

You should be ashamed of yourself.
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Agreed
I worded that poorly.

I would support the willingness to serve and, yes, I would be proud, but it wouldn't stop me from questioning the point of it all.
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