Take Two for May 17, 2013

How can the military curb sexual assault among its ranks?

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US President Barack Obama speaks following a meeting with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (2nd R) and Chief of Staff of the Army Ray Odierno (2nd L) on 16 May, 2013 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Obama met with Hagel, service secretaries, and service chiefs to discuss sexual assault in the military. The US military vowed May 15 to address a wave of sexual assault cases after a soldier who worked in a rape prevention program was accused of forcing a subordinate into prostitution. The latest revelation marked the second time in a week that a member of the military assigned to work in its sexual assault prevention program had been placed under investigation for alleged sexual crimes.

Another leader of a military sexual assault program has been dismissed in the alleged mistreatment of women. 

The officer in charge of the Air Force's sexual assault prevention program was arrested last week for violently groping a woman in a parking lot. Then on Tuesday, the Army announced it was investigating a sexual abuse educator in Fort Hood, Texas for alleged running a small prostitution ring and sexually asssaulting another soldier. 

Congressman Buck McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said he "was outraged and disgusted by the reports out of Fort Hood," calling them the "latest chapter in a long, sordid history of sexaul abuse in our armed forces."

Now the White House and Congress are scrambling to find ways to tackle the problem. With more is Greg Jacob, policy director of the Service Women's Action Network.


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