Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot said, almost 3 years ago

    I though the father did know, especially when he advised her not to “dwell.”

  2. MiepR

    MiepR said, almost 3 years ago

    I thought that was Mr. Wilkes.

  3. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot said, almost 3 years ago


    Check the May 30 strip.

  4. Linguist

    Linguist said, almost 3 years ago

    I guess Dad must have thought she had a “standard, run-of-the-mill” kind of PTSD – sorta like the flue or measles or something.
    Seriously, I am sure that a lot of women who’ve been raped in the military don’t tell their parents. Facing the hassle, degradation, and shame foisted on them in the service is too much and many wouldn’t even know how to approach the subject with Mom or Dad.
    I think GT is pointing out how out of touch we parents can sometimes be.

  5. Orion

    Orion said, almost 3 years ago


    Depends heavily upon your unit. You assault or harass a female (or a male) in my unit and you are DONE. Saw two NCO’s come within a whisker of losing their stripes right down to E1 because they made some stupid comments. They fixed themselves after being dealt with and that was that. The female in question has since been promoted twice (up from E2) and leads a team now and is well respected and marked as a candidate for advancement to NCO herself.

    Just like in the regular world. If you have a group of 1,000,000 people, some are going to be dirtbags and there will be crime. It’s the exception, not the rule.


  6. Chrisnp

    Chrisnp said, almost 3 years ago


    I also know women who reported sexual harassment and even stalking and were supported by the chain of command. the perps got busted – the stalker being a Staff Sergeant who’s career came to a sudden end.

    The problem is we hear about those, but we wouldn’t hear about women afraid to report because they don’t think their chain of command has their backs. We also don’t often hear about the commander who tries to sweep things under the carpet because he doesn’t want his superiors to think there is a problem in his command. I’m sure that still happens, but how frequently? I don’t know. But even once is too frequent.

  7. pearl298

    pearl298 said, almost 3 years ago

    As a male rape victim I cna only sympathise!

    The PERP MAY get some sort of penalty, but the victim SURELY WILL!

  8. Bill Weinberg

    Bill Weinberg said, almost 3 years ago

    Dad’s reaction does seem to contradict his knowing “dwell” remark of May 30…

  9. gmartin997

    gmartin997 said, almost 3 years ago

    I knew that question meant trouble; but is she referring to her experiences in the military or her attitude toward life in general? GT opened up some interesting details about her tough girl persona before the military earlier in this story arc; and I began to see her problems could be more of her own making than the military’s. People who go around looking for trouble generally find it. Yes, she would do well in women’s professional wrestling after her enlistment.

  10. Bill Tidler Jr.

    Bill Tidler Jr. said, almost 3 years ago

    gmartin997 said, 40 minutes ago…

    NOTHING of consequence.

  11. cdward

    cdward said, almost 3 years ago


    Being raped is not a problem of your own making.

  12. cdward

    cdward said, almost 3 years ago


    While there are undoubtedly commanders who will take appropriate action, I believe the point here is that a victim can’t count on it. It’s a crapshoot whose command you serve under, and there are too many instances of the abuse and negative response indicated here.

  13. Hufn

    Hufn said, almost 3 years ago


    It was a previous arc from some months ago that she is referring to.

    Otoh – in response to your later comment yesterday, it certainly wasn’t just your name provoking things, it was your bigoted comment. Re-read your first comment from yesterday. If you can’t see how you are essentially approving of rape then you’re just a lost cause….

  14. trimguy

    trimguy said, almost 3 years ago


    Unless you’re Republican

  15. pjknb

    pjknb said, almost 3 years ago

    I was a Sub Unit Commander. I didn’t have M or F soldiers, I just had my troop. YOU DONT treat a peer like this. There is simply not a book big enough to hurl at those responsible for this sort of conduct in or out of uniform. You go GT bring it ALL into the open. If people feel uncomfortable talking about it – they should do some serious navel gazing!

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