8:25pm June 4, 2013

GOP Senator: Hormone Levels “Created by Nature” May Drive Sex Assaults


Boys Will Be Boys? Today at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, leaders of every branch of the military were challenged by Senators on the issue of the problem of sexual harassment.  During the back and fourth Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) came perilously close to sounding as if the old “boys will be boys” mentality that has often waved away sex assault in the past may be a factor in the problem.

“The young folks who are coming into each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22 or 23. Gee whiz, the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur. So we’ve got to be very careful how we address it on our side,” he said.

“But guys, we are not doing our job. You’re not doing yours, and we are not doing ours with the rates we are seeing on sexual assaults,” Sen. Chambliss, who is 69 and is retiring next year, concluded.

Interestingly, two sex assault cases that hit the press recently and have spurred congressional involvement involved two men in their 40s.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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