Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. Newshound41

    Newshound41 said, about 2 years ago

    This is where this arc has a problem with the storyline. Last week Mel’s father advised her not to “dwell.”
    Most of the readers knew he was referring to the sexual assault.
    Now he acts as if this is all new to him and he had no idea how traumatized Mel was.

  2. Richard S. Russell

    Richard S. Russell GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Toward the end of yesterday’s comments, someone asked “‘Forcible Rape’ is an odd term … What other kind of rape is there?”

    Answer: statutory rape, where even if you have consent, it’s from an underage person who isn’t legally entitled to give it.

    However, this isn’t a concern within the military, because you can’t get in unless you’re of legal age of consent, so in this context there’s no difference between rape and forcible rape.

  3. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, about 2 years ago

    Eventually some female soldier is going to get raped, and will not bother with the Chain of Command, but take matters into her own hands. And shoot the rapist with a lot of bullets.

  4. Mike31g

    Mike31g said, about 2 years ago

    A 40 year rerun.
    BDs college project

  5. Mike31g

    Mike31g said, about 2 years ago

    Melissa speaks up

    Counseling Melissa

  6. TheSkulker

    TheSkulker GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago


    No, it is not contradictory at all. It just shows how clueless and dismissive her father is about the trauma of rape.

  7. Astolat

    Astolat said, about 2 years ago

    I think Newshound41 has a point. Regardless of whether he understands it, her Dad can’t at the same time say “don’t dwell” and then say “I had no idea”. Apart from anything else, she was presumably at home on some form of sick leave when in counselling, so presumably he at least knew that.
    You can make an argument that he knew she was ill from stress but didn’t know what; however, unless there is a strip I’ve missed from that time which explains Dad’s reaction, I’d tend to agree with Newshound41 that it is an inconsistency. GT probably thought it was worth it for the joke!

  8. Sportymonk

    Sportymonk said, about 2 years ago

    Sad that this is a re-run from years ago and is still just as true today. News the other day had the military with lots of talk of accountability but in the end it was just talk and paperwork.

  9. Kip W

    Kip W said, about 2 years ago

    He knew it happened but not how much, maybe.

  10. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, about 2 years ago

    Put that on a recruiting poster…

  11. Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Still in reruns, huh? Carry on, then…

  12. Kerovan

    Kerovan said, about 2 years ago


    and those above
    I don’t see this as being inconsistent. He knows she went through counseling for some trauma, but might not know what kind of trauma. It’s just as likely he thinks it was for PTSD or something.

    As for her statement that the woman’s career is probably over, In every circumstance I know of the rapists career definitely was. I’m sure there is still some of that attitude in the military but nowhere near as much as this indicates. Bureaucracies change slowly, but they do change. Thankfully the attitude toward rape is one of the ones changing fastest.

  13. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, about 2 years ago

    I’ve never heard of a victim shooting his or her molester in the service. Must have happened sometime, though . . .

  14. Kaffekup

    Kaffekup said, about 2 years ago

    As I recall, in her case, it was the commander himself that was the rapist. Didn’t she (or her counselor) refer to it as “command rape”?
    I would think her father would take it more seriously. Cavalier as one may be about the subject, I’m sure that falls away when it’s one’s own daughter.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago


    Then she gets court martialed and Ft. Leavenworth if she is lucky.

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