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  • Friday, February 03, 2006

    Sexual assaults in the US military

    If the American military cannot even control its own personnel, on its own grounds, how on earth can people expect us to believe that the US military can control itself when dealing with their captives in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere? The Union Trinune reported back in December last year that sexual assaults and harrassment were a significant problem at military academies:

    Up to 6 percent of the women at the Army, Navy and Air Force academies said they experienced sexual assault during the 2004-2005 school year, and about half or more said they were sexually harassed, according to a survey released Friday by the Pentagon. The survey comes more than two years after a sex abuse scandal rocked the Air Force Academy, leading to a purge in its leadership and a new, intensive focus on training to prevent abuse and sexual harassment. The Pentagon's new emphasis on training and awareness, however, has not seemed to resonate on the campuses. While nearly all the students said they had received training in sexual assault and harassment prevention, half to two-thirds said it was either slightly or not at all effective in preventing the incidents.
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