These men and women are our First Responders to National threats. Yes absolutely we should be protecting them. And it's not only women in the military who are subject to sexual assault. Nor is it necessarily gay men. I had a straight male friend who was raped while he served in the military by men and not gay men. Sexual assault sexual discrimination sexual abuse happens regardless of age sex or sexual orientation. These crimes need to be investigated and they need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law whether they are committed in the military or out of the military.