June 9, 2013
Re "Military on the spot over sex assaults," June 5 Two respected U.S. senators - both women - are sponsoring legislation to shift decisions on serious crimes in the military, including rape, from commanders to independent military prosecutors. The highest levels in all services, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would rather not see that authority taken away from commanders. The photo accompanying the article offers one possible reason for their position.
May 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama condemned sexual misconduct in the military and told Naval Academy graduates to try to restore Americans' faith in institutions in a commencement speech that hinted at the scandals swirling around the president. “As we've seen again in recent days, it only takes the misconduct of a few to further erode the people's trust in their government,” Obama said Friday in a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. “And that's unacceptable to me, and I know it's unacceptable to you.” Obama's remarks didn't explicitly reference the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups, one of three controversies that consumed the news in recent weeks.
May 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon estimated that 26,000 members of the military were sexually assaulted in unreported incidents last year - 35% more than in 2010 - a severe trend that senior officials warned could threaten recruiting and retention of women in uniform. President Obama, reacting to the startling figures Tuesday, said he had "no tolerance" for sexual crimes in the ranks and pledged to crack down on commanders who ignored the problem. Obama said he had spoken to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and ordered that officers "up and down the food chain" get the message.
January 11, 2013 |
HOUSTON -- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights delivered an update on its examination of sexual assault in the military with a briefing Friday on Capitol Hill that comes amid a widening sex scandal among Air Force basic instructors and recruits at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. According to the report , about 4% of female service members experience some form of sexual assault each year compared to 1% of male service members. In fiscal year 2011, the Armed Services completed 2,353 investigations of reported sexual assaults, a “small fraction” of the total estimated sexual assaults, according to the report.
August 8, 2012 |
BEIRUT - The Syrian military launched an assault Wednesday on a strategic and highly symbolic rebel stronghold in the northern city of Aleppo, signaling a major government effort to reassert control of the nation's commercial hub. There were conflicting accounts about which side, if either, had the upper hand. Syrian state television reported that the government had assumed "full control" over Aleppo's Salahuddin district, the target of weeks of military bombardment. It reported the deaths of many "terrorists," the government's label for the armed rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Assad.
July 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — Ruth Moore described herself as a "vivacious" 18-year-old serving in the Navy when, she says, a superior raped her outside a club in Europe. After that, she attempted suicide and was discharged, diagnosed with borderline personality disorder — an ailment she says she did not have. Moore applied for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs but was denied multiple times — despite submitting witness testimony that she had been raped and subsequently treated for chlamydia.