WASHINGTON — Within the face of a perceived spike of assaults on feminine joggers in latest weeks, the Pentagon has affirmed its dedication to girls’s security by prohibiting feminine service-members from jogging, sources confirmed as we speak.
“We’re dedicated to the protection of all of our service members, however particularly those who might make themselves targets for sexual assaults,” stated Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. David Petrides. “We wish to make sure that these service members will not be attracting undesirable consideration by way of their alternative of clothes, perspiration, or actions that could possibly be characterised by wicked maniacs as ‘sexual’ in nature.”
Petrides additionally acknowledged the issue of the ban, telling reporters that different initiatives are being thought of by senior leaders to assist girls train much less provocatively in safer environments.
“Nothing is off the desk in terms of the well being and welfare of our feminine service members,” stated Petrides. “From a buddy system, pairing girls with large, robust males to guard them from would-be attackers, to instituting vibrating-belt machine PT, we wish to be sure that we ship a powerful message that violence in opposition to girls is not going to be tolerated.”
Probably the most promising answer, in accordance with Petrides, is to move-up the initiative already underway to make girls’s PT uniforms much less flattering, which is about to launch in late 2020.
Nonetheless, the transfer to ban jogging by feminine service members has been met with stiff opposition. Frank Saldana, the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) director at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is likely one of the folks instantly impacted.
“Now that ladies aren’t allowed to run, the bottom gyms are full of feminine troopers exercising,” stated Saldana. “We by no means deliberate on any troopers utilizing the gyms, not to mention this many feminine troopers.”
In accordance with Saldana, the inflow of feminine troopers has prompted different unexpected points like weights being correctly racked, gear sanitized, and scented candles within the unisex restrooms.
“It’s a literal nightmare,” stated Saldana.
Officers are hopeful, nonetheless, everlasting answer may be instituted that can remove assaults on feminine joggers.
“So long as it’s a straightforward one,” added Patrides, “that doesn’t require numerous work.”
In the meantime, senior Pentagon leaders are additionally taking a look at the advantages of eliminating girls jogging to deal with issues like low retention, weight management, and authorities journey card fraud.
Intrepid reporters Blondes Over Baghdad and AndieDiGianni contributed to this report.