FRC: ’DADT’ Repeal Caused Rise in Military Sexual Assault
In his daily email on Tuesday, president of the ultra-conservative and anti-gay organization Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, expressed concern over the Pentagon's recent report on the increasing rate of sexual assault in the military. No stranger to spewing homophobic rhetoric, Perkins blamed the assaults on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," in 2011. Right Wing Watch reports.
"President Obama is finally admitting that sexual assault is a serious problem in the military--but what he hasn't conceded is that his policy on homosexuality helped create it," Perkins wrote.
He goes on to say, "How could this happen? Well, for starters, the Obama administration ordered military leaders to embrace homosexuality - completely dismissing the concerns that it could be a problem to have people attracted to the same sex, living in close quarters." He concluded that "groups like FRC were right to be concerned about the overturning of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
RWW notes, however, that the rise of sexual assault in the military has not been caused by Obama's "policy on homosexuality" and "neither is there any documentation of 'a growing trend of same-sex assault in our ranks.'"
In a related article, FRC's vice president Jerry Boykin blamed women in combat along with the repeal of DADT for the rise of sexual assaults.