Speaking at a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on sexual assaults in the U.S. military, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga, suggested a “hormone level created by nature” was to blame for the escalating numbers of rapes in the U.S. military (video below).
The hearing was attended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, including Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert.
“Admiral Greenert, I want to refer to an incident that didn't happen on your watch," said Sen. Chambliss. “Several years ago when we had the first females go out on an aircraft carrier, when they returned to port a significant percentage of those females were pregnant. Now, I don't remember the exact percentage, but the percentage was pretty high.”
Chambliss asked, “Was any investigation made by the Navy following that incident to determine whether or not all of those pregnancies occurred as a result of consensual acts?”
Greenert did not know, but said he would investigate, according to RawStory.com.
Chambliss advocated more detailed background checks for enlistees in the U.S. armed forces.
"You're going to have to go further than looking at convictions of individuals," Chambliss said. "I don't know how you're going to do that, getting additional character references or what ... The young folks coming in to 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 on our side.”
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Chambliss said the rape incidents had to be dealt with, but insisted on keeping the same chain of command in place for reporting rapes, which have seen a dramatic increase under this system, reported Stars and Stripes.