Just to make it clear. It’s not OK to grope, grab, rape or assault a woman. (Or a man, for that matter.)
Inappropriate conduct by those in power is the scourge of our nation’s largest employer — the military. The unseemly conduct by the lewd, weak and power-hungry undermines and insults the brave and honorable work of the men and women in the armed services.
Thousands of service members have been killed or injured in ghastly ways doing their jobs. There are mothers who jump out of airplanes and fathers who bid farewell to family and home again and again in the name of serving their country. Meanwhile, we’ve got Gen. Poppa Panda Sexy Pants texting his lust and trysting all over the globe with subordinates; instructors who rapaciously assault their students in flight school; and recruiters making moves on teens at the Army info table.
How dare they?
In the Air Force alone, under Krusinski’s preventive care, 792 sexual-assault cases were reported last year. Throughout the armed services, a recent survey estimated that there were 26,000 cases of unwanted sexual contact last year.
Thanks to Krusinski’s arrest, the nation paid closer attention to congressional hearings on sexual assault in the military. At those hearings, some lawmakers even raised the idea of giving civilian prosecutors the power to investigate sexual abuse and other serious crimes in the military.
And thanks to Krusinski’s arrest, the Air Force appointed Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward to replace him and gave her a larger staff to tackle the problem of sexual assault.
It’s no mystery that sexual abuse is almost always more about power than it is about sex – or that violence and sexual assault are usually intertwined.
The Arlington police officer who answered a 911 call for help from a woman in a bar parking lot showed up, interviewed the woman, noted the scene, arrested and handcuffed Krusinski, and booked him on an assault charge.
That’s still news. What he is accused of doing is still wrong, and it still gives us reason to thank Krusinski for finally, truly, making us take a closer look at the abuse of power and sex in the ranks of our nation’s protectors.