The investigation comes on the heels of another investigation involving Air Force Officer Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Krusinski who was arrested in Arlington, Virginia. The Colonel is in charge of the Air Force's Sexual Assault Programs and was arrested on sexual battery charges for allegedly groping a woman's buttocks and breasts in a parking lot.
Sexual abuse in the military is at epidemic proportions and it's unfortunately affecting the military's ability to recruit. Public perception is that military personnel is not able to deal with sex abuse crimes.
The Pentagon recently released it's annual report from the DoD's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.
The report states that in 2012, 3,374 incidents of 'unwanted sexual contact' occurred within all branches of the military, a 6% t increase over last year. The report also included an anonymous survey in which 26,000 respondents said that they had been sexually assaulted in the past year, but did not report. it.
George Little, Pentagon Press Secretary stated that Secretary Of Defense Chuck Hagel is angry about the sexual misconduct in the armed forces. “I cannot convey strongly enough his frustration, anger and disappointment over these troubling allegations and the breakdown in discipline and standards they imply.”
The Secretary ordered the armed services to immediately “retrain, re-credential and re-screen” all personnel involved in sexual assault prevention and response programs. This includes hundreds of sexual assault prevention coordinators and an estimated 20,000 military recruiters in the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.
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