I’ve been writing every other Saturday for PDXX Collective, a group of women writers around the country, but mostly based in Portland, OR. Today, we offer a collective response to sexual assault in the military. Mine is below:
26,000. The number is just stunning. That’s 71 sexual assaults each day of 2012. In the U.S. military alone. If there was ever a time to use WTF, it’s after reading that.
It’s hard not to be angry that the man in charge of stopping sexual assault in the Air Force was arrested for sexual assault. Angry at the arrogance these people have shown—from the assaulters and rapists themselves to the brass who decided to either look the other way, overturn a ruling, or create and contribute to a culture in which those below them in rank thought that raping was OK. Lots of WTFs.
But all of that anger itself, even mine, makes me angry.