Recent stories about sexual assault in the military

Bahrain executes 3 convicted in deadly police bombing

The executions were the first since 2010 and followed a spike in opposition protests and clashes between activists and police the previous day.

Pa. police: High school military instructor had sex with student

A former high school military instructor in Pennsylvania is facing charges that he had sex with an 18-year-old student.

Connecticut soldier guilty of sexually assaulting teenager in his home

A jury in New London Superior Court convicted soldier Jarah M. Davis of two out of three charges Friday in connection with the May 23, 2015, sexual assault of a teen at his home in Waterford.

Kansas National Guard seeks federal review after allegations of misconduct

The head of the Kansas National Guard has asked federal authorities to review an internal investigation by the guard that reportedly showed racism, enlistment fraud, sexual assault and other misconduct.

Navy clears appellate judge accused of lying while prosecutor

The Navy has cleared a top judge accused in an ethics complaint of lying in his previous job as prosecutor in a high-profile sexual assault case.

Report: Merchant Marine Academy needs anti-harassment plan

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy has a culture of fear marked by a sense of victimhood and "us vs. them" mindset, according to a study commissioned by the federal agency that operates the New York military academy following concerns about sexual assault and harassment.

In its 100th year, Scott Air Force Base called a 'home of freedom'

Scott Air Force Base kicked off its centennial celebration Friday afternoon with Gov. Bruce Rauner declaring 2017 the “Year of Scott Air Base.”

Fort Carson sergeant faces rape charges in attacks on children

Sgt. Luis Melgarejo, a chemical weapons specialist from the post's 1st Brigade Combat Team, is charged with eight counts of sexual assault dating as far back as 2012. Three of the charges allege an assault on a girl who was under the age of 12.

Security forces airman from Air Force Academy accused of rape, drug dealing

A security forces airman at the Air Force Academy will face court-martial in March on charges including sexual assault and drug dealing.

Maine veteran uses military settlement money to buy house for veteran resource center

The woman who won more than $400,000 in back benefits from the military for claims related to sexual assaults when she was in the U.S. Navy has used some of that money to buy a house where veterans will be able to get help in obtaining social and health services.

Sailor in incestuous sex case found guilty on retrial

Senior Chief Electrician’s Mate Jose D. Domingo was convicted of abusive sexual contact and adultery after being accused of repeatedly raping and groping his niece over a 10-month span that ended in 2012

Ex-airman to get new sentencing on sex crimes convictions

A former senior airman convicted of sex crimes in 2014 is entitled to a rehearing on his sentence because prosecutors wrongly used evidence of other bad acts at his court-martial, according to the U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals.

Pentagon review could help veterans shed ‘bad paper’ discharges linked to trauma

The Defense Department announced Friday that it is reviewing and potentially upgrading the discharge status of veterans who might have been improperly discharged for reasons related to post-traumatic stress syndrome, sexual orientation, sexual assault and other circumstances.

Parris Island drill instructors face scrutiny after recruit's death

Since the death of Raheel Siddiqui — a Muslim recruit, who Marine investigators say committed suicide in March after being abused by a drill instructor — the spotlight has swung to Parris Island’s iconic instructors.

Army vet must serve at least 25 years for sexually abusing, choking child

Reginald Ben Mentor, a former Army soldier who served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Korea, was found guilty of sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl and choked her until she was close to death.


Female, transgender servicemembers fear exclusion in Trump's Pentagon

Women and transgender troops in the U.S. military, seeking to defend their hard-fought access to combat roles against attacks from conservatives in Congress, are worried President-elect Donald Trump will overturn revolutionary Defense Department policies as part of his declared war on so-called "political correctness."

Advocates: Fairness for Veterans Act is only 1 step in fight against 'bad paper' discharges

While a measure protecting veterans with service-related conditions from receiving other-than-honorable discharges has made its way to President Barack Obama, advocates who led the effort to get it there want more to be done for the thousands of veterans they say were unjustly released.

Court-martial sentences still 'the Wild West' as proposed guidelines rejected

A sweeping change to military sentencing proposed by the Pentagon earlier this year didn’t make the cut in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, leaving military juries and judges with broad discretion in deciding how to punish troops convicted of crimes.

House passes veterans bill with provisions inspired by a sexual assault survivor

The Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016 also includes language that would increase the VA’s reporting requirements pertaining to disability claims submitted by sexual assault victims.

Decorated Army veteran now marching in high heels, alleges retaliation at TSA

For Alyssa Bermudez, high heels, a dress and makeup are her new uniform as much as the one she wore in the sands of Iraq. They represent her evolution from Bronze Star soldier to professional woman.

Navy testing app for sexual assault prevention

The Navy launched a six-month pilot program this month for sailors in Hampton Roads and Rota, Spain, to use the LiveSafe app in an effort to prevent sexual assaults and combat other destructive behaviors before they happen.

'I didn't do anything wrong,' says runner banned from Marine Corps Marathon

In the 2015 Marine Corps Historic Half-Marathon, runner Pat Huffman was apparently the third-fastest woman across the finish line. In many ways, it was the race of her life. Race organizers would later call it the most egregious case of cheating they'd ever seen. Huffman maintains her innocence and poses the same question as race officials: Why in the world would she ever cheat?

A point of pride or fear?

Sunrise was still almost three hours away. Bob Schmidt rubbed his eyes, straightened his camouflage hat and climbed into the driver's seat of his van. He was about to begin his daily drive through this politically deep-red region, picking up refugees and dropping them off at work.

Americans living in Europe fielding questions about Trump's triumph

It is estimated that more than 8 million Americans live abroad, and in the wake of Trump's shock victory, many of those expats are now having to answer questions about how and why it happened.

Professor predicted in September Trump would win, extending streak to 30 years

Last month, the man who's tried to turn vote prediction into a science predicted a Trump win. Allan J. Lichtman, distinguished professor of history at American University, said Democrats would not be able to hold on to the White House.

Volunteers wanted for PTSD study of treatment some call a miracle

A treatment involving the injection of a local anesthetic next to a bundle of nerves in the neck has eased post-traumatic stress symptoms in some patients in as little as 30 minutes with dramatic, lasting results. Now, the Pentagon is funding a study at three Army medical centers to determine if the technique — long used for the treatment of pain — is truly effective in treating PTSD.

Sailor pleads guilty to secretly recording female sailors on USS Theodore Roosevelt

A military judge sentenced a sailor to 21 months confinement after he pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he recorded or attempted to record seven women without their knowledge while he was serving aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Air Force cadet avoids prison with plea deal in Boulder rape case

An Air Force cadet accused of sexually assaulting a woman on Boulder's University Hill last year will avoid prison after taking an "11th hour" plea deal Tuesday, three weeks before he was scheduled to stand trial.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 8, 2013


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