Lewis Diuguid

June 5, 2013

Action needed to end sexual assaults in military

The military’s top brass need to think about the safety of men and women in the service in the investigation and prosecution of serious crimes, including sexual assaults. The generals can resist plenty, but in the interest of the safety of men and women in the service, they need to work with lawmakers for the best possible solution.

It’s only natural that the military would not want to give up any part of its operation.

But when it comes to investigating and prosecuting serious crimes, including sexual assaults, the generals may have to surrender. Top military brass resisted Tuesday at a Senate Armed Services Committee.

Several bills have been introduced to pull serious crimes out of the regular military chain of command. This follows the revelation last year that 3,374 active duty members of the military reported cases of sexual assault. The Pentagon estimates that there may have been upward of 26,000 instances of sexual assault annually, the McClatchy Washington bureau reports.

The generals can resist plenty, but in the interest of the safety of men and women in the service, they need to work with lawmakers for the best possible solution.

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