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Chambliss slammed for blaming hormones for military sex assaults

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (File Photo)

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (File Photo)

WASHINGTON — A Republican U.S. senator was under fire on Tuesday after blaming youthful hormones, at least in part, for sexual assaults in the military.

Senator Saxby Chambliss, a Republican from Georgia, made the comments at a hearing attended by the top uniformed officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was also present.

"The young folks that are coming into each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22, or 23," Chambliss said.

"Gee whiz, the level - the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur," he said, before admonishing the military and Congress itself for failing to stem sexual assaults.

At the same hearing, Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri and a former prosecutor who handled sex crimes, said bluntly that "this isn't about sex."

"My years of experience in this area tell me they are committing crimes of domination and violence," she said.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, called on Chambliss to apologize.

"I think he should think about whether if, God forbid, a sexual assault happens to a daughter of his, would he think it's OK for a senator to just chalk the assault up to raging hormones," she told MSNBC television.

Chambliss' comments were also criticized by Mike Turner, a fellow Republican congressman from Ohio and co-chair of the military sexual assault prevention caucus.

"It's simple; criminals are responsible for sexual assaults, not hormones," Turner said in a statement.

Comments

JCJB 1 year, 2 months ago

I am a Conservative. Saxby Chambliss is an idiot

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Why_not 1 year, 2 months ago

I agree totally. I would venture to say that all boys within the age range he cited have the same hormone levels but very few young men commit the horrible crime of rape. It's time we call it that....a crime that can't be ignored or justified by ignorant politicians.

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MarkSmith1 1 year, 2 months ago

If you win an election by accusing a quadriplegic Vietnam Vet of being unpatriotic, anything after that is small potatoes.

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kevin 1 year, 2 months ago

Chambliss is smoking something. Someone has to stand up and demote or take those generals out of the chain of command once and for all for making excuses. Saltpeter is a chemical that they used to put in the food so soldiers lost that desire for sex. Did Obama cut that use from his spending? The women wanted to be included in the military and have been for over 20 yrs. The women and everyone else knew what was eventually going to happen but that is no excuses for letting it happen. Those leaders should be charged along with the soldiers for covering this all up. Time for a court marshal!

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elephanthead 1 year, 2 months ago

You are not going to like hearing this, but its the truth - this is a direct and predictable result of increasing the number of women in the military. The core function of the military is to kill your enemy as efficiently as possible, and that is best accomplished by a cohesive unit. Now the armed services are treated as just another workplace, which they are not. The rationale for moving women into the combat arms is not to better accomplish the mission, it is to give them the necessary ticket punch that is a prerequisite to promotion. Period. I left the Marine Corps in the late 80s during the time when women were being aggressively recruited and deployed wherever possible, and I saw the deleterious affect that it had on units. Workcenter tension, preferential treatment, different standards, etc. You can begin the outraged posts now, but they do not alter the facts.

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JCJB 1 year, 2 months ago

Sexual assault is not a hormone related crime. Sexual assault is a crime of aggression and anger. I don't care one way or the other if women are in the military, but we don't need sexual predators in the Armed Services. And by the way, men are also sexually assaulted every day. It's not a gender specific crime.

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NewsReader 1 year, 2 months ago

Saxby, it's best that you just keep your mouth shut so as not to alienate the population such that they put another dumbocrat in office. We seriously don't need that kind of help.

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