It certainly might seem so, but there is room for disagreement.
"Invisible War" has been nominated for an Oscar Award. The documentary purportedly (as I haven't seen it) tackles the alleged problem of numerous unreported and/or unprosecuted rapes occurring in the military. What I find fascinating is that it is a problem which apparently hearkens back to a time when few women were in uniform. Before I go any further, I want to make clear that I obviously do not condone rape under any circumstances and regardless of whether the victim is a male or a female. I do, however, have a few questions and comments that I would like to share.
The main question that comes to mind is; Why now? The only real answer that makes any sense is that when it was "just" men being raped nobody really cared. Perhaps there were those in the media who felt it would give homosexuals a bad name. Perhaps it was felt that blaming the victim was an acceptable response when the victim was male. Perhaps the man on man rape problem is being highlighted to suggest that the recent addition of women into the military ranks is not the cause of the problem. Perhaps it is designed to refute the notion that a woman in the military is either asking for it or should be able to defend herself. Perhaps it is being employed to suggest that the death of the "Don't ask, don't tell" regulation is reasonable in light of the fact that man on man rapes are apparently not always motivated by the perpetrator's sexual orientation.
I really don't know, but I have to wonder; Why now?
The other set of questions which come to mind have to do with the methodology. Apparently there are degrees of sexual harassment but, for the moment, all affirmative responses to a question asking if the individual has been a victim of such harassment is assumed to rise to the level of a physical assault and rape. Once again, I'm not condoning any such behavior, but in the interest of accuracy it would seem that a more thorough investigation of the facts is warranted before the media trumpets their conclusions.
The article that originally sparked my interest can be found here.
The article which was much more comprehensive and from which I drew any specific information can be found here.