We’ve been having a jolly old time bagging on the Army for its pathetic display during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, or, in the interests of brevity and clarity, Rape Month. But the sad fact is that the Army is not alone in this particular loopiness.
Behold, the US Air Force Rape Month poster:
About the only difference between the Air Force Social Justice Warriors’ Rape Month cadre and the Army’s is the pattern of their stupid day-glo camouflage uniforms, and their acronym: the USAF calls SHARP “SAPR,” but it’s basically the same the whine in a blue bottle.
We learned this at the John Q. Public blog, which in the course of a comprehensive and worthwhile essay dismantles the Air Force’s pathetic program and lays it out on the ramp for everyone to inspect. It’s pretty ugly to look at, too:
By letting SAPR run the entire conversation, the Air Force has imported the “illiberal liberality” resident in some corners of the social justice movement into its service culture, corrupting teamwork and dissolving the bonds of communication and esprit required to fight and win wars.
Sexual assault a violent crime that deserves a serious law enforcement approach. More investigators, more and better qualified prosecutors, more and better qualified victim counselors and advocates, and better legal education for commanders would be promising policy ideas for addressing this issue.
Instead, the Air Force has adopted an institutional attitude criminalizing and condemning any conduct, real, alleged, or (mostly) hypothetical, carrying even the faintest whiff of sexual impropriety. The results are absurd and pervasive, from confused and poisoned juries who equate fraternization with rape to overzealous and politically jaundiced prosecutors and convening authorities to hog-tied commanders who perceive no meaningful latitude when it comes to deciding whether and how severely to respond to sex-themed allegations of any kind.
John Q. identifies three fundamental sins of the Air Force approach (which is the Army approach with bluer acronyms, is all): issue confusion; constant browbeating; and gimmickry. HE posts this poster, which originated at RAF Lakenheath, as an example of gimmickry, and notes:
After inspiring an avalanche of critical (and in some cases vitriolic) comments reflecting the powder keg this issue has become, it was taken down by 48th Fighter Wing commander Col. Rob Novotny. To his credit, Novotny conceded that the original post missed the mark … but he and his colleagues have a lot of work to do in cultivating a climate where addressing sexual assault doesn’t devolve into a series of weird episodes of social science propaganda theater.
In times of budget restriction, it’s somewhat shameful that we as a nation waste money on such off-mission fripperies as the entire bureaucracies that drive these campaigns. Not a single member of those elements is making a perceptible contribution to national defense — instead, they’re actively undermining it.
Do Read The Whole Thing™ at JQP. It’s kind of depressing to see that the Air Force, which once was unique among the services in valuing its enlisted personnel, has gone as far off the deep end as the Army has on this issue.
Sexual assault is, frankly, about as easy a leadership problem as there is. It’s a crime and the appropriate level of toleration in the ranks for crime is zero. It’s only become such a gray area because the Social Justice Warriors among us want to define everything as assault, if it bruises their gossamer and inconstant feels.
Rape Month. It’s really a thing. And how long before it’s too big a thing to be contained in a mere month, which is, of course, a worthless concept anyway, having been defined by some dead white males a long time before Social Justice Year Zero.