From the John Murtha School of Castigating The Troops from the party that claims to support them:
No one is disputing that there is a problem regarding sexual assaults in the military. And if victims are afraid to speak out or feel that their stories aren't being taken seriously enough, this needs to be addressed and corrective measures need to be implemented immediately. But the last thing the military needs are liberal politicians like Harman looking to score points with their base by going hyperbole with ridiculous remarks that stereotype our troops as being nothing but sexual predators.
Rep. Jane Harman, D-California, spoke before a House panel investigating the way the military handles reports of sexual assault.
She said she recently visited a Veterans Affairs hospital in the Los Angeles area, where women told her horror stories of being raped in the military.
"My jaw dropped when the doctors told me that 41 percent of the female veterans seen there say they were victims of sexual assault while serving in the military," said Harman, who has long sought better protection of women in the military.
"Twenty-nine percent say they were raped during their military service. They spoke of their continued terror, feelings of helplessness and downward spirals many of their lives have taken since.
"We have an epidemic here," she said. "Women serving in the U.S. military today are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq."
As of July 24, 100 women had died in Iraq, according to the Pentagon.