Harassment in the News: Military

 

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Coast Guard Academy experiences rise in sexual assault, highest rate in a decade

Nearly half of female cadets at the academy said they were sexually harassed, while one in eight women experienced unwanted sexual contact.

The percentage of cadets experiencing unwanted sexual contact is the highest since the survey began a decade ago.

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She Didn't Act Like a Rape Victim

Rape victims must yell, cry and fight, says the Army that trained us for years to be silent, strong and obedient.Last month, three judges on an Army appeals court — two women and a man — overturned a 2017 rape conviction at West Point. They did so on the grounds that they did not believe there was sufficient evidence to show that the sex had not been consensual.

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What I Wish I’d Known About Sexual Assault in the Military

For women, fending off unwanted male attention is the job that never ends.

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DOD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response: What You Need to Know

Defense Department senior leaders look at the Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military as a call to arms against this crime. For the first time since 2012, the incidence of sexual assault against young women rose.

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Defense Department to make sexual harassment a crime

Defense Department officials will make sexual harassment a criminal offense amid new reports of increasing bad behavior among service members. In a statement Thursday morning, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan called the move a necessary step to combat the “scourge” of sexual assault and abuse in the ranks. A new report from the department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office shows the number of reported cases of sexual assault in the ranks rose from nearly 4,800 in fiscal 2016 to more than 6,050 in fiscal 2018.

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Military sexual assaults increase sharply, Pentagon report finds

Washington (CNN)Sexual assaults across the US military increased by a rate of nearly 38% in 2018, according to a report released by the Pentagon on Thursday. The report which surveyed both men and women from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines estimated that 20,500 members of those services experienced "unwanted sexual contact" in 2018, a significant increase from 14,900 when the military last conducted a similar survey in 2016.

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Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military Fiscal Year 2018

Estimated prevalence of sexual assault for active duty women increased, but remained unchanged for men.

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Shanahan calls for reforms as military sexual assaults rise by 38%; highest for young women

WASHINGTON – Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan called for sweeping changes in the way the military handles sexual assaults and harassment following a reported 38% increase in assaults from 2016 to 2018.

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Reports of sexual assault in military spike, Pentagon survey says

The results of the anonymous survey, published by the Department of Defense, found that women from 17-24 years old were the most at risk.

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Pentagon to Make Sexual Harassment a Crime Under UCMJ

Ahead of the release Thursday of a damning report showing an increase in sexual assault against female service members, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced a significant change to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and said the Pentagon will take steps to stop such crimes from occurring.

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Shanahan Launches New Task Force on Military Sexual Assault

The Defense Department has created a sexual assault task force to study and make recommendations on improving how the armed services handle and prosecute sex crimes.

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Sexual Assaults Rise Nearly 50 Percent at Service Academies

Incidents of sexual assault are up nearly 50 percent at the nation's military academies, and reporting rates remain stagnant -- troubling trends that Defense Department officials say the schools are addressing but must work harder to change.

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Brass Call for More Accountability to Stop Sexual Assault at Military Academies

Holding more cadets accountable for misconduct in the ranks is the only way the service academies will "move the needle" on stopping a troubling sexual assault trend, top school officials testified Wednesday.

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Navy SEALs kicked out of Iraq for drinking alcohol after reported sexual assault, officials say

The commander of a U.S. Special Operations task force in Iraq has sent home a platoon of Navy SEALs for drinking while deployed after an alleged sexual assault by one of them, U.S. defense officials said, the latest discipline incident that has emerged for an elite force relied upon heavily by the Pentagon.

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Allegations of sexual assault, cocaine use among SEAL teams prompt 'culture' review

In the wake of several high-profile scandals, including allegations of sexual assault and cocaine use against Navy SEAL team members, the four-star general in charge of all US special operations has ordered a review of the culture and ethics of the elite units.

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New Pentagon program aims to capture serial sex offenders with victims' confidential help

The Pentagon is targeting serial sex offenders with a new program that tracks confidential information provided by victims.

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‘I Have a Moral Responsibility to Come Forward’: Colonel Accuses Top Military Nominee of Assault

Col. Kathryn A. Spletstoser of the Army says she had returned to her hotel room and was putting on face cream on the night of Dec. 2, 2017, after a full day at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in California, when her boss, Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, the commander of United States Strategic Command, knocked on her door and said he wanted to talk to her.

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Two senators split sharply in assessments of general accused of sexual assault

The two rape survivors who sit on the Senate Armed Services Committee split sharply Tuesday over President Trump’s pick to be the military’s second-highest officer, amid accusations that he sexually assaulted an Army colonel when she was under his command.

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She recorded her rapist's confession. Now, the Supreme Court could hear it.

"I am sorry. I have been sorry. I will always be sorry for raping you." In a 20-minute long phone call in 2013, Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Briggs confessed to raping SSgt. "DK" in 2005. After receiving a call from the victim, Briggs detailed how he went to her room after a long night of drinking, pushed himself on her and continued to have sex with her despite pleas for him to stop.

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