iStock 000044405406 Small 277x300 Our Very Dangerous American MilitaryOver the years, I have written a number of articles on these pages about how the United States military grows increasingly dangerous for Christian and conservative young people. Based upon findings of our Pentagon’s own reports, I warned that the gravest danger now facing American young people in the military is from their fellow soldiers. As one example available here, I wrote in 2013 about how sexual assault had grown for both men and women with Mr. Obama’s end to restrictions for homosexuals serving openly in the armed forces. Mr. Obama’s social engineering of the military has been a disaster at many levels, but it also makes the United States military an increasingly unwelcome (and dangerous) environment for more conservative and/or Christian believers.

But now with more years of experience with open homosexuality in the military, a new study by the American Psychological Association (the “APA”), released earlier this week, makes it clear that far more military men are being raped by other men, and are experiencing other sexual traumas, than is reported by the Pentagon. Researchers have determined that this is because of the stigma attached to sexual assaults. The most common type of homosexual assault is one in which the offender fondles or performs oral sex upon a sleeping victim.  Assaults upon victims who are intoxicated are also common.  Although thousands of homosexuals have been discharged from the military since the implementation of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 1993, the mainstream media has ignored that many of those discharged had been found guilty of same-sex sexual assault. In its report, the APA shockingly wrote the following, “Rates of military sexual trauma among men who served in the military may be as much as 15 times higher than has been previously reported, largely because of barriers associated with stigma, beliefs in myths about male rape, and feelings of helplessness.” Emphasis added. Survey respondents were asked the simple question, “I was sexually assaulted while serving in the military.” Researchers observed that even though the Pentagon-sponsored survey was anonymous, men still were reluctant to disclose that they were raped. The study said:

Data from this study . . . suggest that published rates of male MST [military sexual trauma] may substantially underestimate the true rate of the problem. Current work is underway to replicate these findings and expand the scope of this research by assessing a broader range of behaviors that comprise sexual assault.

If its survey of male combat veterans is even somewhat accurate, it means that the U.S. armed forces are dealing with an unprecedented epidemic of male-on-male sex crimes. In fact, the Rand Corporation, which conducted the Pentagon’s 2014 sexual assault survey, found that about 12,000 men reported being assaulted. Further, the Rand study disclosed that of the 12,000 male victims, 3,850 reported “penetrative” attacks, or rape. Thus, based upon the APA study, that would mean that as many as 180,000 soldiers are sexually assaulted in a typical year, and of those, nearly 60,000 are “penetrative” attacks.

In addition, open homosexuality in our nation’s military exacerbates the trauma facing so many of our soldiers and returning veterans. Researchers found that:

Male veterans who reported being sexually assaulted while serving their country suffered more severe symptoms of PTSD and depression, had higher rates of suicidal thoughts and were more likely to enroll in outpatient mental health treatment than those who were not assaulted.

It is horrific to think that the most dangerous place for an American soldier is not on a battlefield, but in one’s own barracks. And if you are thinking of joining the American military, or are the parent or grandparent of a young person who is contemplating military service, it might be a good time to rethink your career options.