Victims of sexual assault in the military are pointing to an unofficial Air Force "songbook" -- which glorifies rape and violence -- to help build the case for prosecuting crimes outside the command structure of the military.
A lawsuit filed in the federal Eastern District Court of Virginia on Tuesday alleged instances of retaliation, sexual harassment and abuse up the military chain of command. The lawsuit presses the military to ensure that commanders who have been involved in sexual assault cases are not presiding over those same cases, Susan Burke, a Baltimore attorney representing four military members, said.
Burke cited the songbook, containing dozens of sexist and violent lyrics, which was uncovered previously by former Tech Sgt. Jennifer Smith. At the time, Smith said she filed an administrative complaint over the book in 2012 -- yet the general assigned to address her complaint sang the sexist songs with the airmen regularly.
The 130-page songbook contains 70 songs – many with questionable titles, including "Pubic Hair," "The Kotex Song" and "Will You Suck Me Tomorrow?"