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07.24.13

Sexual Assault Remains Problem in Military

Senate wants to address problem in defense bill.

It’s become common, but that doesn’t make it any less horrifying: a former sailor remembers being sexually harassed by shipmates and eventually was forced to leave the Navy after reporting a subordinate's rape. One male sergeant said he’s seen people gang rape and get away with it. The Senate is drafting the annual defense bill, and they hope to strengthen how the Pentagon handles sexual assaults in harassment, but military leaders are against a plan that would disallow commanders to overrule the decision of juries. Though one thing everyone agrees on is that problems with sexual assault in the military won’t stop until commanders of the people committing assault no longer “have the power to decide who is punished.”