Sexual Assault In The Military

Sexual Assault In The Military

A new report indicates sexual assault cases in the military increased more than 30 percent in two years. Diane and guests discuss pressures on the Pentagon to prosecute offenders and prevent future crimes.

A new Defense Department report indicates that efforts to combat sexual violence in the military are not working. The report shows that the number of recorded cases of sexual assault actually rose last year. The Pentagon also says an estimated 26,000 women and men experienced "unwanted sexual contact" in 2012. That's up from about 19,000 two years earlier. Several lawmakers are introducing bills calling for tougher penalties for offenders and better legal support for assault victims. A discussion on how to stop what some say is a culture of sexual violence in the military.

Guests

Susan Burke

D.C. lawyer representing military rape victims.

Tom Bowman

NPR Pentagon correspondent.

Maj. Gen. Bill Nash

U.S. Army-Retired.

Rebekah Havrilla

former Army sergeant (Jan. 2004 - Sept. 2009) and plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Pentagon.

Department Of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Strategy

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