ABOUT THE PENTAGON WATCH ON SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
The U.S. Military has a serious pornography problem, and is doing next to nothing to combat it. Now, we are seeing the consequences with at least 70 reported sexual assaults a day in our nation’s armed services and a growing culture accepting of sexual exploitation even in the top ranks. Research shows a strong link between pornography and increased sexual violence, as well as the objectification of women and even broken marriages (See www.PornHarmsResearch.com).
Morality In Media receives a steady stream of comments from servicemen and women and their spouses regarding the widespread availability of pornography in the US Military, especially while on deployments overseas. In addition, The Military Honor and Decency Act requires the U.S. Department of Defense to remove all sexually explicit materials sold or rented by the exchange services, commissaries and the U.S. Navy ships’ stores. However, the Department of Defense allows pornographic magazines to be sold.
The goal of this effort is to help change the current sexually hostile culture in the military. We call on the Department of Defense to stop the sale of pornography on military exchanges, as well as for the military to adopt a policy that prohibits access to pornography on all military bases.
The Military Honor and Decency Act requires the U.S. Department of Defense to remove all sexually explicit materials sold or rented by the exchange services, commissaries and U.S. Navy ships’ stores, DOD allows many pornographic magazines to be sold.
Federal obscenity laws, which the U.S. Department of Justice refuses to currently enforce, prohibit distribution of hardcore, obscene pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite or hotel/motel TV and in sexually oriented businesses and other retail shops. (Learn more)
PROOF OF THE MILITARY’S PORN PROBLEM
A hearing before the U.S. House Armed Services Committee in January 2013 investigated a growing scandal at joint base San Antonio-Lackland. The scandal included at least 59 alleged victims of sexual assault and investigated 32 basic training instructors Read the full article. Despite this and the illegality of selling these magazines, Lackland still continues to provide porn in their base exchange.
Military.com: “Porn Sweep or Witch Hunt?”
Fort Bliss Monitor: “Child Pornography – Stay Away From It!”