Recent stories about sexual assault in the military

Donald Trump increases lead with US military personnel despite scandals

According to an October poll conducted by the Military Times and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has emerged as a clear favorite among serving U.S. troops.

Trump refuses to say if he'll accept election results

Threatening to upend a fundamental pillar of American democracy, Donald Trump refused to say in the final debate that he will accept the results of next month's election if he loses to Hillary Clinton. The Democratic nominee declared Trump's resistance "horrifying."

Saudi Arabia executes member of the royal family for first time in four decades

There was no doubt in Saudi Arabia's judicial system that Prince Turki bin Saud Al Kabir pulled the trigger during a melee that left a man dead. The bigger question in the public's mind was whether a member of the royal family would escape the common punishment of execution.

Senator joins calls to stop sexual violence at US Merchant Marine Academy

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., on Tuesday proposed that cadets at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy be provided with satellite phones when they train for a year at sea so they can quickly report sexual harassment or assault.

Texas Air Force veteran sentenced for kidnapping, sexually assaulting teens

Robert Blaine Harris, 50, who has been in custody since January, pleaded guilty to the charge in July.

Senator eyes policy changes at US Merchant Marine Academy

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy cadets should be given satellite phones or other devices that would make it easier for them to report sexual abuse or harassment when they are at sea working as interns on commercial vessels, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Tuesday.

Melania Trump breaks silence to defend embattled husband

Melania Trump on Monday dismissed her husband's sexually aggressive language as "boy talk," insisting his remarks do not reflect "the man I know."


Putin throws out the old nuclear rules, rattling Washington

Russian President Vladimir Putin's nuclear saber-rattling and military brinksmanship have upended the rules that long governed relations between Moscow and Washington, presenting the United States with a dangerous dilemma.

Man who supported Islamic State said he wanted to 'inspire fear, not coordinate actual attacks'

Qamar said that "as far as I understand, (the video) was a propaganda campaign" meant to inspire fear, not coordinate actual attacks. But prosecutors say he understood that the video would be used to explicitly encourage lone-wolf attacks in the country.

Freed Nigerian women describe life as forced Boko Haram brides

When the Nigerian military drove Boko Haram from the towns it had claimed for its self-declared caliphate, life got much worse for Fatima Ahmadu.

Did heartbreaking testimony affect sentencing of abusive Coast Guard member?

The hearing at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces could reach beyond former Petty Officer 2nd Class Omar M. Gomez, now serving an eight-year prison term. The case could speak to the role of roiled emotions as the military combats sexual assault.

More women accuse Donald Trump of unwanted sexual advances

Two Southern California women came forward Friday to accuse Donald Trump of accosting them, the latest in a spate of sexual misconduct allegations buffeting the Republican presidential nominee.

Trump calls female accusers 'horrible, horrible liars'

Rocked by allegations of sexual assault, Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out at his female accusers as "horrible, horrible liars" as the deeply divisive presidential campaign sank further into charges and countercharges of predatory treatment of women.


2016 race devolves into ugly fight over treatment of women

Deeply divisive all year, America's campaign for president has devolved into charges and countercharges of predatory treatment of women. As Donald Trump is rocked by allegations of sexual assault, he is fighting back by shaming former President Bill Clinton, who isn't on the ballot, for his infidelities.

Neller tells Okinawa Marines they must adapt for new adversaries

During a town hall Thursday at Camp Kinser, the Marine Corps commandant remained cognizant of the extremist group but looked toward future and emerging threats.

Cadet acquitted in sexual assault court-martial at Air Force Academy

Sophomore cadet Jackson Spalding was cleared on three counts of sexual assault and a single count of conduct unbecoming an officer after his attorneys poked holes in the testimony of the alleged victim.

'Rock star' Navy judge accused of lying faces investigation, delayed promotion

Cmdr. Aaron Rugh's future and potentially dozens of criminal appeals he's overseen are being threatened by the fallout from the flawed investigation into Marine Maj. Mark Thompson, a former instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy convicted of having sex with two female midshipmen.

Former mid describes sexual assault while at Naval Academy in article

Annie Kendzior previously filed a lawsuit against Department of Defense officials in 2012 in which she said she received little support from the academy after reporting the sexual assaults.

Court-martial at Air Force Academy reveals forbidden trysts in classrooms

An Air Force Academy judge will decide whether a victim who didn't speak still meant "no" in an alleged sexual assault of a female cadet in a campus classroom.

'Still the best candidate': Some evangelicals still back Trump despite lewd video

Some evangelical leaders stood by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump even after a video was released on Friday containing his lewd remarks about women.

Air Force Academy cadet accused of sex assault to face court-martial

Jackson Spalding, a sophomore who graduated from Discovery Canyon High School in Colorado Springs, is accused of groping a female classmate during a March 6, 2015, incident in a classroom, the academy said Thursday.

Beale airman pleads guilty to sex charges

A Beale Air Force Base airman was convicted of sexually assaulting five Sutter County, Calif. teenagers between 2012 and 2013 and was sentenced to four years confinement.

Suspects sought in Camp Pendleton beach sex assaults

Military investigators are asking for the public's help in tracking two suspects and a possible witness in a sexual assault on the beach at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.

Air Force colonel, facing court-martial on sexual assault charges, found dead

An Air Force colonel facing court-martial next month on multiple counts of sexual assault was found dead Sunday at his Colorado home, according to the Air Force.

Building a life in Germany, a Syrian watches war at home

At the intersection, Mohammed al-Haj waited patiently for the "green man." It seemed a bit silly: No cars were coming, no policemen watching. Back home in Syria, he wouldn't hesitate.

Vet advocates, lawmakers fight for NDAA protection against less-than-honorable discharges

Veterans service organizations are pressuring lawmakers working on the National Defense Authorization Act to include an amendment protecting servicemembers with mental illness from less-than-honorable discharges.

Navy helicopter squadron commander charged with attempted rape

The commander of a Guam-based Navy helicopter squadron was arrested Monday in San Diego on charges of attempted rape and assault, according to records from the city sheriff’s department.

Man accused in college sexual assault case is Marine based at Stewart Air Base

Kevin Guerrero, the man accused of raping a SUNY New Paltz student on Sunday, is a member of the Marine Corps unit at the Stewart Air National Guard Base.

2 members of the Coast Guard Academy face court-martial

The cadets are suspended from the corps of cadets following a recommendation by the academy superintendent while their sexual assault cases go through the judicial process.

Clinton, Trump spar on VA privatization

Hillary Clinton claimed Wednesday that Donald Trump is leading an effort to privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system as the two lobbed attacks during a forum in New York City.

Air Force investigation renews debate about prosecuting one of their own

Generals are rarely brought to trial within the military justice system, much less convicted, and punishment is often just a demotion in rank. Many members of Congress would prefer that independent military prosecutors handle the cases rather than commanders.

Official: Merchant Marine Academy needs experts to fix sex misconduct problems

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has concluded that sexual harassment and assault and other misconduct at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy are so serious the school needs to hire a team of outside experts to address the campus culture, officials said this week.

Ex-Navy couple jailed, accused of coaching their children to have sex

A former military couple is in jail, accused of sexually assaulting two children over several years in an effort to teach the kids about sex.

Navy analysis found that a Marine's case would draw attention to Afghan 'sex slaves'

Last fall, the Navy Department had a controversial disciplinary case before it: Maj. Jason C. Brezler had been asked by Marine colleagues to submit all the information he had about an influential Afghan police chief suspected of abusing children. Brezler sent a classified document in response over an unclassified Yahoo email server, and he self-reported the mistake soon after. But the Marine Corps recommended that he be discharged for mishandling classified material.

Army veteran pleads guilty to series of sexual assaults in Alaska

Tony Bullock, 27, has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual assault and a single count of fourth-degree assault, according to the Alaska Department of Law.

Air Force investigating sexual assault report against 4-star general

The Air Force is investigating a sexual-assault report against a retired four-star general who was on active duty at the time of the alleged incident, service officials said Friday.

Advocate works to protect military sexual assault victims

Nancy Parrish is known as a philanthropist, investor, human rights activist and founder of Protect Our Defenders, an advocacy group for military sexual assault victims. She also spent more than two decades as a political consultant, strategist, adviser and operative for Southern Democrats, including the Carters and both Clintons.

Merchant Marine Academy under fire for sexual assault allegations

The academy's accreditation is now at risk — a first for a federal service school — and it is under growing scrutiny from Congress, its advisory board and the inspector general's office at the Department of Transportation, its parent agency.

Ex-soldier sentenced in cold-case sex crimes

Cooper is currently serving 30 years at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for charges of sexual assault against female victims at Army bases in Washington and Germany, according to the news release.

Former Air Force Academy cadet accused of sex assault attempt faced charges for similar incident

Prosecutors say former Air Force Academy cadet Mark Czerner was facing charges in another sexual assault case when he allegedly crept into another sleeping classmate's dorm room and attempted to sexually assault her.

First NM female Brig. Gen. retires

New Mexico National Guard Brig. Gen. Judy Griego said her retirement day was bittersweet, full of laughter and memories.

Air Force cadet set for trial in Boulder sex assault case

An Air Force cadet accused of sexually assaulting a woman on University Hill in 2015 is set for a week-long trial in November after pleading not guilty in Boulder District Court on Aug. 5.

More charges filed against ex-Air Force Academy cadet

Cadet Mark Czerner was set for a trial this month on charges that he sexually assaulted a classmate in a car on the campus on Valentine's Day 2015. The academy said four additional charges were brought against Czerner on July 22.

Army vet found guilty of kidnapping, raping girl in Texas

A Horizon City man on Monday was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl abducted from a high school football scrimmage in 2014.

Congress' 4 female veterans are speaking up on military issues

In a short period of time, the women have become go-to authorities in a legislative arena traditionally dominated by men - and especially male veterans.

New DOD investigative unit to focus on sexual assault-related reprisals

A new unit in the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General will focus solely on complaints of retaliation against military members who report sexual assault, highlighting a commitment to end the double victimization of victims.

Marine in sex case faces unusual charge of lying to a reporter

When Marine Maj. Mark Thompson appears in court next month, the former instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy will face what military law experts agree is an unusual charge — lying to a journalist.

West Point program to target sexual assault, feature Dr. Ruth talk

West Point Superintendent said noted sex therapist and media personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer will be a featured speaker at this year’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention program summit.

Leaked document says 2,000 men allegedly assaulted 1,200 German women on New Year's Eve

Authorities now think that on New Year's Eve, more than 1,200 women were sexually assaulted in various German cities, including more than 600 in Cologne and about 400 in Hamburg.

Navy vet gets 37 years in ambush attack on woman

Jose Dancel, 45, will serve another 18 years on extended supervision, if he ever gets out of prison.

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 8, 2013


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