Condemn Newspaper For Belittling Sexual Assault in the Military

Target: The Wall Street Journal

Goal: Force eminent opinion writer to apologize for offensive comments

James Taranto, a well-known writer for the Wall Street Journal, made several remarks reducing the issue of sexual assault in the military to a “war on men.” With sexual assault of women in the military rampant, his victim-blaming is a shocking and shameful contribution to the problem. Demand the Wall Street Journal force Taranto to apologize for his appalling statements, and help stop the ongoing crisis of assault in the military.

Over 19,000 people were sexually assaulted while in the military during 2010, with a staggering one third of women in the military reporting an assault. Given the difficulty and discrimination women in the military face when reporting sexual assault, the actual number of instances is most likely much higher. Such statistics illustrate the pervasive severity of this crisis.

Yet Taranto denied its existence entirely, and instead referred to the mass amount of sexual assault towards women in the military as “hanky-panky.” Such a statement not only denies women’s bodily autonomy, but also denies respect for them as human beings. The fact the Wall Street Journal showcased such opinions on this matter shows the highest contempt for survivors of sexual assault, as well as a rash irresponsibility in their coverage of important national issues.

By signing the petition below, you will encourage the Wall Street Journal to urge Taranto to apologize for his misogynistic article and acknowledge the seriousness of the problem of sexual assault against women in the military. Such victim blaming not only further promotes an unsafe environment for women in the military, but also women at large.


Dear Wall Street Journal,

In a recent piece, one of your opinion writers, James Taranto, reduced the issue of sexual assault in the military to a “war on men.” Considering the military is rampant with sexual assault against women, his misogyny is both shocking and shameful. You must force Taranto to apologize for his appalling statements, and help end the continuing crisis of assault in the military.

In 2010 alone, over 19,000 individuals were sexually assaulted, resulting in an environment where one third of women serving in the military are attacked. Women in the military already face enough hurdles in getting justice after being assaulted without a prominent opinion writer referring to their attacks as “hanky-panky”. Such statements deny women of respect for their bodily autonomy, as well as respect for them as human beings.

Please take action to urge Taranto to apologize for his appallingly offensive statements. Perpetuation of victim blaming and shaming contributes to an unsafe environment for not only women in the military but for women everywhere.


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  1. Smokin D'bone says:

    This is terrible!

  2. ragnar danneskjold says:

    Sounds like the ForceChange sheep did not bother to read Taranto’s well-written argument.

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