Thanks to public pressure generated by conservative groups, the military has reversed its decision to court-martial a decorated Green Beret who came to the rescue of a boy being sexual abused in Afghanistan.
In 2011, Sergeant First Class Charles Martland learned from the 12-year-old Afghan boy’s mother that an Afghan police commander had chained her son to a bed in order to repeatedly abuse him. This all occurred on a U.S. military installation.
Martland confronted the rapist, who admitted to his sexually abusive actions and laughed off Martland’s concerns. The Green Beret then reacted by physically throwing the Afghan off the base.
But instead of being commended for his action, Martland was criticized by his superiors and would likely have been kicked out of the military.
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