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The military isn't hostile to sexual assault victims

It helps no one to allege that the military's disagreement with lawmakers' proposals to remove control of criminal sexual assault cases from commanders amounts to insensitivity ("They still don't get it," June 6).

In fact, many readers could well conclude that your editorial accuses commanders of outright hostility to victims. That stridently emotional position is simply not factual.

Commanders' objections to removing their discretion to deal with the problem of sexual assaults while holding them accountable for it does not mean that they, or the armed forces in general, harbor any animus toward victims.

Unfortunately, the tone and substance of your editorial appears to betray a visceral dislike of the military in general that has little, if anything, to do with addressing the problem.

Michael P. May, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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