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FRC President Tony Perkins Blames Rise in Military Sexual Assault on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

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Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has blamed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal for the rise in sexual assaults in the military. 

Perkins cited a Pentagon report that showed the number of sexual assaults on men was higher than those experienced by women. 

"President Obama is finally admitting that sexual assault is a serious problem in the military - but what he hasn't conceded is that his policy on homosexuality helped create it," he said. 

"The Obama administration ordered military leaders to embrace homosexuality [through the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal blamed] - completely dismissing the concerns that it could be a problem to have people attracted to the same sex, living in close quarters."

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Perkins also cited a WSJ article by Marine Captain Lindsay Rodman, saying that "the statistics aren't reliable and may be hiding thousands more cases of service-based abuse."

"'The truth is,' she writes in the Wall Street Journal, 'that the 26,000 figure is such bad math - derived from an unspecific sample set and extrapolated military-wide - that no conclusions can be drawn from it.'"

"Except one, perhaps, which is that groups like FRC were right to be concerned about the overturning of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'"

Many were offended by Perkins' conclusion, including Salon writer Katie McDonough. She said Perkins is a "noted homophobe and famous banana brain."

McDonough admitted that sexual assaults were underreported in the military, but she found his conclusion "woefully incorrect (and clearly motivated by homophobic bull*hit)," saying that it was "an affront to the very survivors of military sexual assault - gay and straight - who [Perkins] pretends to support."

The recent report does show that the percentages of sexual assaults on military men and women have risen, but the steeper increase percentage-wise was for women. In 2010, 4.4 percent of active duty women were victims of sexual assault, compared to 6 percent in 2012. About 0.9 percent of military men were victims in 2010, and a little under 1.2 percent were last year.

Approximately 203,000 women are on active duty and 1.2 million men.

Sources: World News and Wire, Salon