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Hurting morale

Gazette staff July 3rd, 2013

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R- Tulsa, is in a gang? Indeed, he is — well, according to a military-justice advocacy group called the Agenda Project Action Fund.

Credit: Brad Gregg

The reason, you ask? (Play along here.) Inhofe was one of the “Gang of 17” senators who voted against a bill by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to remove sexual assault cases from the military chain of command.

As a Tulsa World blog recently noted, the advocacy organization is targeting federal lawmakers who opposed Gillibrand’s proposal to institute a special prosecutor to handle serious crimes that are not military-specific, such as undermining authority.

Speaking of undermining, that’s exactly what Inhofe said sexual assault in the military does to morale.

“Sexual assault undermines morale, hurts readiness and breaks the trust of those who have volunteered to serve our nation,” he said at a hearing in early May.

Um, yeah.

Bummed-out morale seems like the least of it.

The Agenda Project Action Fund released a video of testimonies from sexual assault victims articulating not how their morale was undermined, but rather that “the chain of command failed them,” according to the blog.

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