Pentagon Works On New Plan To Curb Sex Assaults

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is preparing a series of new initiatives to try to curb sexual assaults in the military -- a problem that officials think could be six times greater than reported.

Saying sexual assaults blemish the honor of the force, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday announced what he said were the first in a series of proposals, some of which need congressional approval.

They include extending victim services to military spouses as well as Pentagon civilians and contractors working abroad. Also, more money will go toward training investigators and lawyers to go after and prosecute perpetrators.

Panetta said that last year, 3,191 sex assault cases were reported in the military, but because so few victims come forward, the real number is believed to be closer to 19,000 assaults.

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  • by Truism Location: cos on Jan 18, 2012 at 07:50 PM
    Raise enlistment standards. Stop enlisting rapist. Stop enlisting trash that falsely scream rape. Plan done at zero cost. Next.
  • by Common Sense Location: C/S on Jan 18, 2012 at 07:07 PM
    I don't think throwing money at victim services will solve the problem. I agree that is necessary, but isn't that kind of too late? How about doing something to prevent having victims?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 at 05:40 PM
    Simple solution, hang the rapists.
  • by mpls on Jan 18, 2012 at 03:01 PM
    Send em to the phillipeans for some r & r!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 at 01:49 PM
    This oughta be good.
  • by Brodus on Jan 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM
    That's an average of 5 assaults per week. How about using our tax dollars to "stop" sexual assualts, instead of just "curbing" them.
  • by Johnny on Jan 18, 2012 at 01:04 PM
    As the saying goes, "Get behind our troop, or get beneath them against your will!" Wait, is that right?
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