In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 27, 2013 / 19 Tammuz, 5773

Don't overlook sexual assault on men in the military

By Cathy Young

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For some time, women's advocates have claimed that the U.S. military is perpetuating a war against women in its own ranks by condoning epidemic sexual assault. Now, a controversial Wall Street Journal columnist is under fire for opining that the campaign against sexual assault in the military has turned into a "war on men." But the talk of "war" is best cooled on both sides; the issue is far more nuanced than much of the coverage has suggested.

The piece by James Taranto, published last week, discusses the case of Capt. Matthew Herrera, who was court-martialed and convicted of sexually assaulting a female junior officer but granted clemency by Lt. Gen. Susan Helms -- a decision that has caused the general's nomination as vice commander of the Air Force space command to be blocked by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). According to McCaskill, the clemency "sent a damaging message to survivors of sexual assault."

Taranto lays out Helms' stated reasons for finding that there was reasonable doubt about Herrera's guilt. Among other things, key parts of the accuser's account were disputed by the (female) driver of the car where the incident occurred. The alleged victim also apparently lied about her text messages to Herrera after the encounter. The columnist concludes that stripping commanders of the authority to grant clemency, as the House of Representatives has voted to do, is a very bad idea.

It's easy to lampoon Taranto's claim that the outcry against rape in the military is about criminalizing "male sexuality." Yet, generalizations aside, his account of the Herrera case seems solid. The wife of a retired officer, who blogs at Villainous Company and has reviewed the records, concludes that Helms made the only appropriate decision.

There's no doubt that some victims of rape and sexual assault in the military have been denied justice. But there has also been melodramatic rhetoric that muddies the facts and does women a disservice: A recent editorial in the Newark Star-Ledger states, "If your daughter serves her country by joining the military, there's a fair chance she'll be raped."

Much attention has focused on a report released by the Defense Department in May, based on an official survey of active-duty military last fall, which estimated that 26,000 service members were victims of sexual assault last year. But few reports have acknowledged that the survey addressed a very broad range of "unwanted sexual contact," from rape to an attempted grope. At a hearing earlier this month, Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) told a panel of senior military officers that "not every commander can distinguish between a slap on the [buttocks] and a rape." But when it comes to brandishing inflammatory statistics, a lot of politicians, activists and pundits seem equally unable to make the distinction.

The coverage also downplays the fact that more than half of service members reporting unwanted sexual contact were male. Women are still much more likely to endure such experiences -- they constitute fewer than 15 percent of active personnel -- but the rhetoric of misogyny clearly oversimplifies the issue.

In the military, as on college campuses, many claims of sexual assault stem from murky situations involving some consensual intimacy and plenty of alcohol. Of course the victim's intoxication does not excuse sexual assault; but intoxication doesn't always equal lack of consent, either, and such situations easily lend themselves to reckless conduct and confused memories. To hold only men accountable is no way to promote equality.

By all means, let's punish wrongdoers and protect the innocent. But let's not allow ideology to trump fact. Political pressure to convict just to send the right "message" is dangerous for justice.


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© 2013, Cathy Young. This originally appeared in Newsday.