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Sexual Assault in the Military: A DoD Cover-Up?

 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:25 am    Post subject: Sexual Assault in the Military: A DoD Cover-Up?  Reply with quote

Sexual Assault in the Military: A DoD Cover-Up?

http://www.opednews.com/articles/...y-Col--Ann-Wright-080803-956.html

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There was quite a struggle in Congress this week. The Department of Defense refused to allow the senior civilian in charge of its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) to testify in Thursday’s hearing on sexual assault in the military. Rep. John Tierney, chair of the House Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, angrily dismissed Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Michael Dominguez from the hearing when Dominguez said that he, the DoD chief of legislative affairs and the chief of public affairs, had ordered Dr. Kaye Whitley, chief of SAPRO, to refuse to honor the subpoena issued by the subcommittee for her appearance.

Full committee Chairman Henry Waxman called the DoD’s decision to prevent Whitley from testifying “ridiculous and indicating DoD is covering something up.” It could also place Whitley in contempt of Congress. Rep. Christopher Shays said the DoD’s decision was “foolish.”
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Rep. Jane Harman cited Veterans Administration statistics that one in three women in the military has been sexually assaulted. She said the prosecution rate of those accused of raping fellow military service members is abysmally low. Of the 2,212 reported rapes in the military in 2007, only 8 percent of the cases ended in court-martial of the perpetrator, while the rate of prosecution in civilian courts is 40 percent.

Lt. Gen. Rochelle, the Army chief of personnel, reported the little known statistic that 12 percent of reported rapes in the military are of male military personnel.

Rep. Shays said he had no confidence in DoD or the military services and their policies of prevention of sexual assault, and asked how recruiting will fare when young women learn that one in three women is sexually assaulted and when young men find out that one in 10 men is raped while in the military.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:31 pm    Post subject: Rape, murder and smoking violations Reply with quote

Perhaps when they get all those smoking violations finally taken care of, then they can focus on sexual assaults, and, one day, even murder.  ~It could happen~
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marian, your perspective never fails to enlighten me. Smoke 'em if you've got 'em.   Smilie_PDT

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