Prof Compares Military Recruiters with Sex Predators

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Amy Hagopian, a professor of Global Health at the University of Washington, has been on a crusade to end military recruitment at local high schools. In 2005, she was behind the first successful effort in the U.S. to ban military recruiters on a high school campus. And these days, under the guise of scholarship, she has co-authored an article for the American Journal of Public Health that compares military recruiters to child sex predators.

Hagopian is pictured below at Seattle’s Garfield High School, which banned military recruiters in 2005 as a result of her efforts.

Hagopian’s recent article that compares recruiters to sexual predators is titled “Should We End Military Recruiting in High Schools as a Matter of Child Protection and Public Health?” and argues that “Military recruiter behaviors are disturbingly similar to predatory grooming.”

What is “predatory grooming”? According to a news report:

“Grooming behavior is defined as the process by which a child is befriended by a would-be abuser in an attempt to gain the child’s confidence and trust,” Hagopian says.

The Army calls the professor’s claim that military recruiters act like child predators “outrageous and offensive.”

As a professor of “global health,” you’d think that Hagopian would have actual problems that she could be researching and writing about, rather than the bogus “scholarship” that she has decided to devote her energies to. After all, millions of people around the world die each year from infectious diseases like tuberculosis, AIDS, and malaria–those are real global health problems.

But Hagopian, like so many of the global health experts at our colleges and universities nationwide, uses her academic field as a way to give pseudo-scientific credibility to her mal-formed ideological convictions.

  • MoralLowGround

    I agree 100% with Hagopian’s assertion. Military recruiters, like child sex predators, target children as young as 11 years old (pre-JROTC programs). They take advantage of youth vulnerabilities and naivete to win their confidence, then they place the youngster in harm’s way.

    http://morallowground.com/2010/12/09/why-u-s-military-recruiters-are-child-predators/

    While many lives have been transformed for the better by military service, too many have not. Deceptive recruiting practices are far too common in the military, especially during the War on Terror when there is intense pressure to fill recruitment quotas. Kids aren’t exactly flocking to recruiters; they know that signing up means a nearly certain deployment to either Afghanistan or Iraq.

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  • Kinnison

    Hagopian is on the faculty at the University of Washington? What a surprise. This is the same august institution whose Student Senate a couple of years ago vetoed a campus statue honoring distinguished alumnus Marine Col. Eugene “Pappy” Boyington, Black Sheep Fighter Squadron C.O. on Guadalcanal, WWII Ace, Japanese POW and holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor because he was “too warlike”, and “a bad example for the students of UW”.

  • student1776

    The effete leftists are loathe to ever take up the burden of defending America. Their moment of greatest courage is when they can backstab an actual defender of America. This is a case in point. They cannot get the fact that for many Americans military service is an opportunity, a source of benefit and a mission they care about. The military are heros who train and develop people of strength, courage and confidence in their values – something the left badly lacks.

    • lifeson22

      Exactly! I’ve put in 7 years in military service and 6 years in college to get my M.S. in Engineering. The military gave me training, a skill, experience, a paycheck, and single-handedly did for me what my family could not – put me through college.

      It’s easy to target the military when you’re in the comforts of elitist academic circles. They live in a very different world than we live in, and it always irks me when they target the one single organization that has ever done something for me.

      But let me get this: the military recruiters signs you up with promises of a meaningful and exciting job, paid training and experience, a good paycheck, great friends, half-decent living arrangements…and that’s exploitation.

      Yet, in my six years as a college student leading up to my M.S., living in consecutive rat-infested shit-holes, not being able to afford anything other than noodles because the university monopolizes the regional economy and overcharges for everything…
      …and the fact that as a graduate research assistant I’ve put in well over 60 hours/week, unpaid work just so I don’t have to face the annoyed attitude of my adviser…so he can get a stupid publication out there with his name on it…
      and then try to find a real job and find that all that education has been useless…and that all my professors have fed me was a bunch of baloney…

      …well – THAT’s not exploitation, that’s just “the way things go”.

      please.

    • lifeson22

      Exactly! I’ve put in 7 years in military service and 6 years in college to get my M.S. in Engineering. The military gave me training, a skill, experience, a paycheck, and single-handedly did for me what my family could not – put me through college.

      It’s easy to target the military when you’re in the comforts of elitist academic circles. They live in a very different world than we live in, and it always irks me when they target the one single organization that has ever done something for me.

      But let me get this: the military recruiters signs you up with promises of a meaningful and exciting job, paid training and experience, a good paycheck, great friends, half-decent living arrangements…and that’s exploitation.

      Yet, in my six years as a college student leading up to my M.S., living in consecutive rat-infested shit-holes, not being able to afford anything other than noodles because the university monopolizes the regional economy and overcharges for everything…
      …and then being paid minimum wage for 20 hours as a graduate research assistant at the lab when everybody on campus knows damn well that as a grad assistant you’ve got to be working over 60 hours a week…

      But that’s not exploitation, is it? Oh no, wait – that’s just “proving yourself”.

      please.

  • clw

    Like Predatory grooming? Really? Does Ms. Hagopian mean this in the same sense as the liberal teachers who have the children in our public schools chant “O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma, yes we can!”? Because to me that smacks alot more of predatory grooming than the recruiters talking to ADULTS or very nearly adults!

    This is the liberal mindset. Take the plank out of your eye Hagopian! Hypocrite.

    • spike1120

      It is so important that we on the right have concrete proof that lefties are over and around the bend. This Amy Hagopian lady is like Ed and Keith on MSNBC she believes her own BS and is incapable of realizing the truth.

      These nut cases need to be given the air time to make the rest of America see the evidence for getting rid of obamasoros as soon as possible.

  • alpha_male

    “I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to someone who rises and sleeps under the very blanket of protection I provide…..”

    Jack!

  • brettrow

    whats with the lefts hatred of military heroes?

    • chuck in st paul

      It’s simple my friend, they are all cowards (the leftard peaceniks that is). Think of them as a bunch of chickens who convince themselves that all you have to do is sit down with your enemies and talk with them and everything will be okay. That’s insane of course, but so is their whole movement. Leftards actively ignore evidence that contravenes their cowardly belief system.

      Yes, when you’re in the military there’s a chance you can get killed. But then getting stoned and driving a car isn’t terribly safe either. What she hates more is what the military turns young folks into – self confident, fact oriented, adults. She prefers them to remain thumb sucking distopian cowards like her.

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  • GunTotingLibertarian.PhD

    Military is a viable career option no different than any other career. Millions of Americans serve 20-30+ year honorably in the armed forces and do so with pride. Highschool kids should be made aware of all options.

  • E7-2521

    Hmmmmm.. What code word is Hagopian using for the indoctrination the ‘would be abusers at colleges and universities use to gain the child’s confidence and trust’?

    I demand she not only immediately resign her position at the Universithy of Washington for ‘fraudulent scholarship’, but forfeit her pension for the benefit of state’s taxpayers as well.

    • chuck in st paul

      I so agree. Teaching young adults nonfunctional, distopian, and incompetent social theories and provably incompetent economic theories smacks of first rate “child abuse”. It takes decades (if at all) to let reality teach these college kids how things really work.