“Well, What Did They Expect?”

I’m guessing they expected to serve their country, not to get raped, and certainly not to have a vile Fox News contributor proclaiming that they should have expected it.  And it makes it even worse that this misogyny is coming from a woman.  From MediaMatters:

During a segment about new rules regarding women in the military, Fox News contributor Liz Trotta attacked the Department of Defense for increasing spending on support programs for victims of sexual assault. Trotta also reacted to a Pentagon report showing a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults since 2006 by stating: “Well, what did they expect? These people are in close contact.”

Trotta began by claiming “we have women once more, the feminist, going, wanting to be warriors and victims at the same time” and later added that feminists “have also directed them, really, to spend a lot of money. They have sexual counselors all over the place, victims’ advocates, sexual response coordinators. … you have this whole bureaucracy upon bureaucracy being built up with all kinds of levels of people to support women in the military who are now being raped too much.”

When Fox News anchor Eric Shawn said that “many would say that they need to be protected,” Trotta replied: “That’s funny, I thought the mission of the” armed forces “was to defend and protect us, not the people who were fighting the war.”

Responding to a report showing a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults by saying “Well, what did they expect? These people are in close contact.” is vile.  It is blaming the victim, it is excusing the rapist, and it is an insult to the majority of male soldiers who aren’t committing sexual assault.  Is Liz Trotta suggesting that every time any woman is in close contact with a man she should expect to get raped?  Is she insinuating that being in close contact with a woman brings out the inner rapist in all men?  Or just soldiers?

MediaMatters has the video and more of the transcript.

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