Prof Compares Military Recruiters with Sex Predators

Pat McMahon Contributor
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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.

Pat McMahon