Saxby Chambliss Attributes Military Sexual Assault To ‘The Hormone Level Created By Nature’

From Huffington Post:


WASHINGTON — Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) called on the military to do more to crack down on sexual assault in its ranks on Tuesday, while also worrying that they may be hard to stop because of the natural “hormone level” of the young men serving.

“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,” Chambliss told top military officials at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. “But guys, we are not doing our job. You’re not doing yours, and we are not doing ours with the rates we are seeing on sexual assaults.”

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), co-chair of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, slammed Chambliss’ comments in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s simple; criminals are responsible for sexual assaults, not hormones,” said Turner. “Perpetuating this line of thinking does nothing to help change the culture of our military. We must be focused on combating this issue directly. The numbers speak for themselves.”

Although Chambliss decried sexual assault in the military and said he wants to do more to stop it, his comments echo the “boys will be boys” mentality that has been used throughout the years to dismiss sexual harassment and assault and avoid taking action to prevent them.

The problem in the military extends beyond young hormonal recruits being reckless, to leaders who have created a culture where sexual assault and harassment are tolerated.

After all, the officer in charge of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention program who was arrested for sexual assault is 41 years old. The manager of the sexual harassment and assault response program in Fort Campbell, Ky. who was arrested in a domestic dispute is 42.

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One Response to “Saxby Chambliss Attributes Military Sexual Assault To ‘The Hormone Level Created By Nature’”

  1. JinianVictoria Herdina Says:

    Saxby Chamblisneeds to take a refresher course in basic human sexuality and morals as well. My father told me when i first started dating…*a stiff D1!!! has no conscience.* Secondly if as he says gee whiz the hormones are preeminent in young folks what was his first clue? There are an awful lot more *young folks* who think with their upper head as opposed to the lower. His pontificating just drives home the simple adage that he seems to think rules *boys will be boys*. This man is a misanthropic troglodyte whose rapidly approaching senility is over taking reality by leaps and bounds. He seems to be of the mindset that women are creatures who are out to seduce the men who are purely innocent in sexual matters. This indiv needs a few slaps upside the head and some hard reality injected into his life. His kind of thinking went away I thought when the dinosauers died. By the way a few bad eggs in the military do not make the whole basket reek. And I am a 26 year veteran of the military now retired. This indiv (Chambliss) needs to sit down shut up and listen to the troops on the ground not the officers. Sure the military has problems we are a reflection of society we come from. If the few are disgracing the services then I think we should start looking at the society we came from and how we raise our children. The lack of sexual information, the lack of religious training, poor parenting or no parenting skills have caused or contributed to the things occuring. And this also includes the courses I recommended above. Chambliss lives in a crystalline world of his own mind where everything that occurs must be acceptable to him never minfd the hard facts. He needs to get out of Washington and the Beltway talk to the troops and sit in some local eateries and talk with the people in purports to represent.. I am GLAD I do not live in his district.. The shame that he brings to his home district is beyond belief. The man may be honest and upright as he sees himself but from my cheap seat in another state he appears as a caricature of a rational sentinent being. JinianVictoria H

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