Women in combat are not a cause of sexual assault, but could be the cure
“Proximity” debate has it backward
As the Pentagon allows more women to train for roles that had been previously closed under the antiquated combat exclusion rules, the unfolding rape and sexual assault scandal at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas shows that some men still view assault as sport. The mixed narratives, some argue, suggest what can happen when the sexes merge, when the stresses of war mix with physical proximity. This notion -- that sexual abuse is somehow tied to the the emergence of women in closer proximity to combat -- is a complete ruse. Women in combat is not a cause of sexual assault, it is actually the cure.