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Pentagon announces new measures to combat sexual assault in the military

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department on Thursday unveiled steps to combat sexual assaults in the armed forces by increasing protection for victims, beefing up oversight of investigations, and making responses to such crimes more consistent across the military. “Sexual assault is a stain on the…

Virginia city’s rape policy was ‘Assume the victim is lying’ until last week

The city of Norfolk, Virginia only last week changed its official police policy away from assuming that victims of sexual assault are lying about what happened to them. According to Think Progress, Norfolk police classified all sexual assault claims as “unfounded” by default. The rules changed in the wake of…

Democrat strips anti-sexual assault measure out of military spending bill

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) stripped a measure proposed by fellow Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) that would have taken sexual assault reporting out of the chain of command out of a defense spending bill on Tuesday. Gillibrand’s bill, which had 27 co-sponsors — four of which were Republicans, was opposed…

Victims say military sexual assault reforms don’t go far enough

Victims and their advocates speak out after military leaders balk at Senate proposal to strip commanders of some powers During this week’s battle of wills between legislators and military leaders at the Senate armed services committee hearing into sexual assault, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and other…

Rabbi charged in 2006 sexual assault of 15-year-old boy

An Illinois rabbi was arrested Sunday and charged with sexual assault of a minor, in an incident alleged to have occurred almost seven years ago. Police were notified at the time that Larry Dudovitz, 45, had assaulted a 15-year-old boy in his sleep, but the family was unsure about pressing…

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…

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