GOP Senator blames “gee whiz the hormones” for high rates of sexual assault in military (video)

Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) today blamed “hormones” for the increased rates of sexual assault in the US military, and warned senators and military leaders to be careful just how firm a hand they take in trying to stop the sexual abuse of our service members.

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“The other thing we have to remember. Is we think about making changes to the UCMJ in this respect. The young folks who are coming into each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22 or 23. Gee whiz, the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur. So we’ve got to be very careful how we address it on our side.”

I’d written earlier about how the hearing itself has 18 witnesses opposed to taking serious legislative action against sexual abuse, and only two in favor. And how a grand total of zero service members who have been sexually assaulted are testifying.

Perhaps now we know why.


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  • Olivia

    So if I, a post-pubescent, female go out and kill someone a day before my period starts… I can blame the hormonal imbalance right?

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ zorbear

    lol

  • BillFromDover

    Why am I thinking of “Pure Michigan”?

  • BillFromDover

    One small problem… choosing the preferred entranced as this guy has asshole written all over himself!

  • BillFromDover

    Can’t we simply discuss this problem over a cup of tea?

  • BillFromDover

    And the beat goes on… and on… and on…

    Evidently, this is how a party redefines itself.

    Losta luck with that come 2014, 16, 18, 20.

  • BillFromDover

    “gee whiz the hormones”

    Espirt de Pecker?

    Well, I guess that settles it!

  • samizdat

    That is a brilliant and insightful assessment. Kudos to Mr. Hayes for making those connections.

  • samizdat

    Not usually a fan of violence, but Chambliss needs to be slapped. Good Dog, the arrogance of this cretinous mass of wasted flesh.

    There is no honor–none–in the military. No professionalism, no courtesy, no integrity, no decency. And if you are a serving member of the military, and have seen assault or rape, and refused to report or corroborate a victim’s allegations, or have for any reason, advocated against reform, or not spoken up for reform, you are walking in the same path as the rapist. As some have noted here and elsewhere, a silent cop, who doesn’t report illegal or unethical behaviors of fellow officers, is no different than a bad cop.

    There are no excuses for this continued stonewalling of rape and sexual assault reforms in the military.

    Oh, one other note, related to how badly this subject is reported upon:

    I was listening to NPR at the top of the hour a couple of weeks back, and one of the short reports was about this very subject. Obviously reading from text, the female reader was noting the hearings on, and I quote, “sex-related crimes” in the military. Sex-related. C’mon, NPR. Rape is a violent act, where the sexual act is merely incidental to the true goal of the rapist: humiliation, degradation, dominance, hatred, perhaps even vengeance, and a whole host of other motivations which should be considered the antithesis of a civilized society, but which apparently don’t matter to or concern reprobates such as this festering boil on the ass of society, Saxby Chambliss.

    This country has a loooong way to go. And we only seem to be going backward, in so many ways.

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ zorbear

    Revolting thought process/GOP thought process, same thing…
    :-(

  • goulo

    Indeed. In 1990 Republican candidate for governor of Texas (Clayton Williams) took a lot of flak for an offensively clueless rape comment (that rape is like bad weather: “If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it”). This was big news at the time.

    But nowadays Republicans seem to routinely say outrageous stuff about rape and women all the time as a matter of course.

  • Naja pallida

    That is a truly revolting thought that sounds like it needs some scientific attention. What do these politicians really think is the cause of this problem? And it really isn’t just a military problem.

  • pappyvet

    very, these people never cease to amaze

  • pappyvet

    What does that say about all the other nasty things people do to one another.
    Lets see..rape,understandable
    greed, acceptable
    too big to be prosecuted, oh well
    and on and on

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    He did an excellent account of it.

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ zorbear

    “That whenever men are around women, they are actively fighting off the urge to rape.”

    The GOP think that because that’s what they do…

    :-(

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AVillageMissingItsIdiot) believes all the raping is because porn exists.

    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/06/04/2102071/sessions-porn-creates-problems/

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    250,000 rapes later, it’s about hormonal teenagers. Just pathetic.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Chris Hayes on his show ‘All In’ this evening made what I think was a brilliant observation: The reaction of the military to sexual assaults and rapes going on within its ranks is identical to that of the Roman Catholic Church.

    Their current system for dealing with them is the same: Not to report a sexual assault as a crime to law enforcement, but to report it up the command chain. And the results have apparently turned out exactly the same, too. Namely cover-ups rather than prosecutions, blaming and often punishing the victims, moving repeat offenders from one posting to another, and most of all denying there’s any kind of serious rape problem going on.

    As Chris pointed out, even when the numbers are right there — thousands of rapes, a fraction reported because victims often receive retribution rather than justice, and just a couple hundred being prosecuted within the system and discipline often either just a wrist-slap or set aside entirely — both the Church and the U.S. military insist they can and should be entitled to keep dealing with their rapists in their own way.

    Which is to say not at all.

  • FunMe

    Hell no. They should NOT get a pass. They should be prosecuted for sure!

  • jomicur

    I just love this. For years the GOP and their fellow travelers have been smearing us gay people as “promiscuous” and using that as an excuse (well, one of them) for denying us equality. But when hetero soldiers behave in a way that is not only promiscuous but violently, abusively so, they get a pass. Hetero privilege, much?

  • Jimmy

    When did it become the norm to think taking a women against her will is excusable? I know this country has always had issues with putting the blame on women in cases of assault and rape, but in the last few years it seems to be taking huge steps backwards. I know I shouldn’t be surprised by the patriarchal BS and stupidity of the GOP, but damn these guys are morons. Even more shameful are the women in the GOP who don’t speak out against it.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    And really, when you think about it, the last person you want to be entrusted with military-grade heavy weaponry is someone with poor impulse control.

  • cole3244

    women can control their hormones men can’t, is that the argument, then like when women were discriminated against entering the services on that basis shouldn’t men be treated the same, after all what’s fair is fair in todays womens armed services.

  • nicho

    Hormones make you horny. They don’t make you a rapist.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    And that they’ve changed, too.

    I literally cannot imagine GOP candidates and members of Congress from the 70s or 80s making the kinds of inane “rape isn’t so bad” remarks that appear to be commonplace for them these days.

    It’s like the entire party is regressing.

  • Dave of the Jungle

    They just don’t seem to understand that the electorate is changing around them.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Personally, I love it every time a Republican opens his mouth to say something about sexuality or women, because he or she (usually ‘he’) exposes again the ignorant misogyny that runs throughout the GOP.

  • Dave of the Jungle

    Aren’t these the same people who said that women can’t serve because their hormones get out of whack every month? So now men aren’t responsible for their behavior because of hormones?

    Say goodbye to another hundred thousand women voters.

  • peteywheats

    Sexy Cambliss needs to be raped, see if he blames it on the rapist’s hormones.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    The last time I checked, at the age of 18, a person was considered an adult and fully responsible for their own behavior. There’s no “diminished capacity due to hormones” defense in civilian life.

    If anything, we should reasonably expect a greater degree of self-discipline and adherence to laws and regulations among those who’ve gone through basic training and boot camp.

    I’d also add that rape usually isn’t about the sexual release either. It’s a power and dominance thing. Chambliss obviously has no frickin’ clue about this detail either.

    No, Saxby, it’s not complicated at all. You rape someone, you go to jail. Period. The knowledge there will be serious consequences is quite an effective deterrent tool for crime prevention. In fact, I’d wager one of the main reasons there is so much raping going on in the U.S. military is because most of them know they will likely get away with it, and even if caught, nothing serious will happen.

  • Naja pallida

    Chambliss happily personifies the problem with rape culture in general: The people who should care, and want to do something decisive, don’t really take it seriously. They shrug it off as “boys will be boys”, that somehow men just can’t help themselves. That whenever men around women, they are actively fighting off the urge to rape. It’s bullshit, and the entire Senate Armed Services Committee needs to be ashamed of themselves for making a mockery of a serious epidemic problem.

  • http://sonic.net/~ckelly/Seekay/mtbwelcome.htm RepackRider

    Well of course. The military is the only place where people of that age get together, so the armed forces should be exempted from the moral failure attached to rape in places like college campuses or Catholic seminaries.

    I said seminaries. Heh, heh., heh.

    I served in the Army in the ’60s with women, and I never raped any of them.

  • UncleBucky

    Hormones? What? Nobody obeys orders? Oh but wait…. if the orders are not clear or if those giving directives in the form of rummery rummery rummery seem to wink and nod, then maybe it’s ok if you are a testosterone-infected male.

  • http://madisonleathersmith.com leathersmith

    Be (raped) all that you can be……………

  • Drew2u

    With the changing tide of things like Immigration reform and marriage equality among the younger generations, what prospects are there in the future for the replacement of such blight on their (grand)parents’ legacy? (assuming, of course, that such representatives have military service in their family from WW1 or WW2)

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