Chambliss Slammed for Blaming Hormones for U.S. Military Sex Assaults

Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013 07:38 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

A Republican U.S. senator was under fire on Tuesday after blaming youthful hormones, at least in part, for sexual assaults in the military.

Senator Saxby Chambliss, a Republican from Georgia, made the comments at a hearing attended by the top uniformed officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was also present.

"The young folks that are coming into each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22, or 23," Chambliss said.

"Gee whiz, the level - the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur," he said, before admonishing the military and Congress itself for failing to stem sexual assaults.

At the same hearing, Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri and a former prosecutor who handled sex crimes, said bluntly that "this isn't about sex."

"My years of experience in this area tell me they are committing crimes of domination and violence," she said.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, called on Chambliss to apologize.

"I think he should think about whether if, God forbid, a sexual assault happens to a daughter of his, would he think it's OK for a senator to just chalk the assault up to raging hormones," she told MSNBC television.

Chambliss' comments were also criticized by Mike Turner, a fellow Republican congressman from Ohio and co-chair of the military sexual assault prevention caucus.

"It's simple; criminals are responsible for sexual assaults, not hormones," Turner said in a statement.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

D.C. Council Leaves Taxpayers with $14K Bill for Vegas Trip

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 16:10 PM

Taxpayers will be forced to pay a $14,000 bill for six Washington, D.C. Council members to attend a lavish convention in . . .

NYC Council Speaker: City Should House Unaccompanied Minors

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 14:18 PM

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said the city should follow the lead of other cities and offer to sh . . .

House GOP Slashes Obama Border Request, to OK Just $1B

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 13:31 PM

House Republicans plan to vote next week on a bill providing less than $1 billion of the $3.7 billion President Barack O . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved