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As outrage grows, military makes addressing sexual assault a ‘top priority’

JEFFREY BROWN: The issue of sexual assault in the military was back in the spotlight today at the Pentagon. Margaret Warner reports. MARGARET WARNER: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey offered no new solutions to the military’s sexual assault crisis at today’s much…  …

U.S. Army investigates sexual assault prevention officer for sex abuse

The U.S. Army announced Tuesday that a sexual assault prevention officer at Fort Hood, Texas was under investigation for abusive sexual contact. The unnamed Army sergeant first class had been assigned as an Equal Opportunity Advisor and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program, according to the Army. He was…

Female senators grill military brass over arrest of sexual assault prevention officer

Female senators lashed out at top military brass on Tuesday following a damning Pentagon report on sexual assault and the arrest of U.S. Air Force sex abuse prevention officer. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) pressed the military…

Pentagon survey: More than 70 military sexual assaults occur per day

Survey data to be released this Tuesday by the Pentagon will explain that every day, more than 70 sexual assaults are carried out against members of the U.S. military, with more than 26,000 in 2012 alone. Word of the report’s shocking details came by way of Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI),…

Chuck Hagel: Reform military judicial system to combat sexual assault

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday said US commanders should be barred from overturning criminal convictions, in the wake of anger over a quashed guilty verdict in a sexual assault case. Under Hagel’s proposal, which would have to be approved by lawmakers, commanders would still have the power to alter…

Four women sought in sexual assault of Canadian man

Police in Toronto are on the hunt for four women who are suspects in the sexual assault of a 19-year-old man, The National Post reported Monday. The man reportedly met the four women at a nightclub on Sunday, March 31, and was offered a ride home by them. Police said they…

Third teen charged in Torrington High School sexual assault investigation

A third student has been charged in the Torrington High School sexual assault investigation, and police say even more charges could be on the way. The third student is a 17 year old male who cannot be named due to his age, according to Fox affiliate WTIC-TV in Hardford, Connecticut.…

Victim in overturned military rape case: ‘I was stunned’

As members of Congress grill military personnel over their handling of sexual assault and rape cases, the woman whose story sparked the latest outrage has finally spoken out on Wednesday. Kimberly Hanks — who is identifying herself for the first time — detailed her ordeal last year after Lt. Col.…

Tea party leader suspected of sexual assault

Police in San Diego arrested a well known tea party figure in the area Thursday for allegedly assaulting a woman, according to NBC San Diego. San Diego tea party spokesperson Michael Kobulincky was placed into custody and accused of abduction and sexual assault on a 56-year-old woman in February. Authorities…

Pentagon seeks to crack down on sex assaults in military

(Reuters) – The military will ramp up efforts to combat sexual assault in the ranks, a crime the secretary of defense decried as a “stain” on the honor of troops and one the Pentagon suspects is vastly underreported. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said…

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