Fox news pundit claims military women should "expect" to be raped
Ladies, get ready to get angry--like really, really angry. This week, Fox news pundit, Lisa Trotta shared her thoughts on the military allowing women to work closer to the front lines. Her take on the issue? Females in the military, she suggested, should "expect" to be raped.
Trotta declared that women "once more…want to be warriors and victim at the same time," while quoting a recent Pentagon report that shows a 64 percent increase in violent sexual assaults since 2006.
"What did they expect?" she responded. "These people are in close contact, the whole airing of this issue has never been done by Congress, it's strictly been a question of pressure from the feminists."
Trotta also went on to accuse military women of demanding too much money for government programs designed to protect rape victims, arguing that the money should be going towards "defending and protecting us, not the people who were fighting the war."
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Um…excuse me, but what century is this insane woman living in? It is absolutely horrifying that anyone would truly believe that a woman should "expect" to be raped and it is especially appalling coming from another female! Military women are already putting their lives on the line to protect the country. They are leaving behind their families and their communities to do something the majority of us aren't brave enough to do. So, where exactly in their enlistment contract does it specify that they should expect to be sexually abused?
As a woman, I feel so disheartened that opinions like this are being broadcast on national networks. And as a Latina, these kind of archaic views truly worry me, especially given how more and more of us have joined the military forces in the last few years. In fact, a poll from December of last year shows that Latinas made up almost 17 percent of female military members in 2010--and that number is only growing.
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That makes Trotta's opinion even scarier. Her stance on the whole issue isn't just outdated, it's downright disgusting and ridiculous. For the duration of their deployment, women in the armed forces view their military camp as their home, and they have just as much of a right to feel safe in their own home as Trotta or anyone, no matter the location.
View Trotta's full statement in the video below:
What do you think of Trotta's opinions? Should the goverment spend money on protection programs for women in the military?
Images via United States Marine Corps/flickr, Fox News