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.
“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.