WASHINGTON (BP)--With a vote pending this week in the House and Senate to reverse the military's ban on open homosexual service, a leading conservative group released new data Wednesday asserting that closeted homosexuals in the military are three times more likely to commit sexual assaults than are heterosexuals.
The data by the Family Research Council (FRC) is based on the military's own numbers and it comes as the Senate Armed Services Committee prepares for a vote Thursday on an amendment that would overturn the ban. The full House also might vote on it Thursday.
FRC reviewed all 1,643 reports of sexual assault within the military for fiscal year 2009 (Oct. 1, 2008 through Sept. 30, 2009) and found that 8.2 percent of them were homosexual in nature, mostly male on male. Based on the assumption that 2.7 percent of the military is homosexual -- a stat derived from surveys of the general population -- FRC estimates that homosexuals are "about three times more likely to commit sexual assaults than heterosexuals are, relative to their numbers."
"If open homosexuality is permitted in the military, these numbers can only increase," FRC's Peter Sprigg said during a conference call with reporters. "The numbers of homosexuals in the military would grow, the threat of discharge for homosexual conduct would be eliminated, and protected class status for homosexuals would make victims hesitant to report assaults and make commanders hesitant to punish them for fear of appearing homophobic.
"Congress," he added, "should carefully consider these serious risks before taking any action to overturn the current law."
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