Turning a Blind Eye to Injustice

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

We recently received the shocking reports that the American military had instructed its soldiers in Afghanistan to ignore incidents of sexual assaults on children committed by local militias that the Pentagon is funding and training. As reported, U.S. service members received orders from their superiors to disregard child sexual abuse by their Afghan “allies” because the commission of sexual crimes against children is part of the Afghan “culture.” And taking this position to its shameful depths, the military disciplined, and even in some cases ended the careers of, service members who ignored such orders and actively intervened on behalf of the abused children.


Sexual Abuse Victims Silenced by Military

Abuse is rampant and a major part of the culture of the United States. You would think that the military would be one of the leaders in clamping down on this criminal behavior, but that is not the case. With all of their rigid rules and supposedly highly touted attention to “Chain of Command” reporting, this would seem to be a natural place to bring justice to victims. Sadly, it is just an annoyance for them to have to deal with.


Army Stepping Up to Abuse Reports

I am happy to report that the Army, through their Family Advocacy Program, has made an important step in recognizing the need to financially support abused dependents. It was authorized by Congress and is called the Transitional Compensation Program. The legislation authorizes temporary monetary payments for families in which the active duty soldier has been court-martialed or is being administratively separated for a dependent-abuse offense.


Women Need Protection in the Military

Several years ago I watched a brave woman soldier testify on Capitol Hill about abuse in the military. Even though it was televised and the politicians talked as if they would do something about it, I knew nothing would change. I grew up in a military family, and no one helped me either.


Child Molesters' Military Retirement Pay

Just as with the general public, military personnel who abuse their children should be held accountable. Just because someone wears a uniform in the armed forces, they should not be treated any differently but need to be subjected to garnishment of their pay like everyone else.