Recent stories about sexual assault in the military

Flynn tweets, deletes photo of Weinstein with Clinton and Abedin

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser appeared to take aim at Hillary Clinton and her affiliation with Harvey Weinstein after the disgraced Hollywood mogul surrendered to authorities in New York Friday morning to face several sexual assault charges.

Senate orders Pentagon to review child-on-child sex abuse on military bases

Military officials had quietly resisted an outside review of problems documented in an Associated Press investigation, which showed broad failures of justice when military kids sexually assault each other on bases worldwide.

Officials: Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday to face charges involving at least one of the women who have accused him of sexual assault, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

Senator seeks to ensure prosecution of juvenile sexual assault on bases

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, filed legislation this week to plug a jurisdictional gap on military bases that has allowed hundreds of sexual assaults committed by juveniles to go unprosecuted.

Georgia jury awards $1 billion after guard rapes teen

A Georgia jury has awarded an eye-popping $1 billion verdict against a security company after an apartment complex guard was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl.

Michigan State and Nassar victims reach $500 million settlement

Michigan State University has agreed to pay $500 million to more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history, the university announced Wednesday.

Doctor treating sex-assault victims at Travis charged with raping patients

One woman, in therapy after being raped in 2002 while deployed to Afghanistan, told the investigator that Sommer moved the sessions to his home and wanted to treat her by having her re-experience every facet of her sexual assault and then asked her to have sex with him so she could have a "positive and loving" experience.

Senior Air Force Academy cadet acquitted of sexual assault

The defense focused on whether the female cadet had consented to sex. The trial was complicated by the woman's lack of recall.

2 senior Navy SEAL leaders suspended amid sexual misconduct investigation

Two senior leaders of a U.S. Navy SEAL Team deployed to Africa were sent home pending a sexual assault and harassment investigation, according to a report.

Flight attendants say they regularly face groping, lewd comments from passengers

For many U.S. flight attendants, navigating lewd comments or unwanted touching by passengers is a troublesome but all too common reality of their jobs, with two out of three flight attendants saying they’ve experienced sexual harassment during their careers, according to a survey released Thursday.

House panel OKs boosted military pay, new weapons in defense policy plan

A House committee approved the highest military pay raise in nearly a decade, boosted troop levels across all services and authorized funding for new weapons and equipment as part of a marathon hearing on the next defense policy plan.

Air Force colonel faces multiple charges, including raping sleeping woman

Col. Jason Costello, an F-22 Raptor pilot with North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, is charged with raping a sleeping woman while in Rhode Island in October and December 2014.

Court weighs in on whether cyberbullying of students is protected speech

A federal appeals court on Tuesday suggested colleges and universities have an obligation to protect students from cyberbullying in a case involving the University of Mary Washington, free speech and anonymous social media messages.

Military sexual assault reports rise in 2017 but fewer servicemembers faced courts-martial

Of the 6,769 sexual assault cases reported last year, military commanders found sufficient evidence to pursue disciplinary action in 2,218 cases. Of the total cases reported, about 1,200 were outside of the Defense Department’s jurisdiction.

House panels push boosted military pay, new ships and innovation in defense policy plan

Several House panels on Thursday issued their first wave of proposals for the next defense policy plan with aims to boost military pay and benefits, troop levels, innovation efforts, weapons and equipment.

US Italy-based soldiers walk in Denim Day anti-sexual assault event

Denim Day got its start after a 1998 court decision in which justices overturned the rape conviction of a driving instructor who attacked a teenager, saying the girl’s tight jeans would have been impossible for the instructor to remove without her assistance. The day after the decision, women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans and held placards that read “Jeans: An Alibi for Rape.”

Military sex assault reports jump 10 percent

U.S. officials say reports of sexual assaults across the military jumped by nearly 10 percent in 2017, a year that saw a massive online nude-photo sharing scandal rock the services, triggering greater awareness of sexual harassment and other similar complaints.


Airmen and soldiers take on obstacle course challenge at Ramstein

Nearly 200 people participated in this year’s CLEAR Challenge, which included events such as a silent walk, bubble soccer, tug-of-war matches and an obstacle course.

Death of soldier facing sentencing for child sex crime under investigation; victim's family expresses outrage

The death of a soldier the day before his sentencing for child sex crimes is under investigation by the Army, and has left the victim’s family frustrated about what they see as a lack of justice.

Neller: Marines 'in better place' since sexual misconduct scandals

Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the Marines, told a Senate panel on Thursday that the Corps has enacted a series of reforms to reign in the culture of harassment that has included sexual misconduct and long plagued the service.

Amnesty International: Iraqi women accused of ISIS ties subjected to sexual abuse, isolation at camps

A new report by Amnesty International says an untold number of women and children are being held against their will in camps, accused of ties to the militant group without any semblance of due process. The women are being subjected to sexual assault by camp guards and staff and are being denied many of the basic needs for survival.

Marine general reassigned after calling sexual harassment claims ‘fake news,’ joking about scandal

A Marine brigadier general who served as the director of an office that in part handles sexual assault prevention and response was removed from his position after making eyebrow-raising comments about sexual harassment claims at his command.

SEALs bank on evolving legal theory to beat war crimes rap

Three SEALs accused of committing war crimes in Afghanistan hope to escape court-martial by expanding an evolving legal concept unique to the military — the appearance of unlawful influence by commanders.

Marines suspend general who called allegations of sexual harassment 'fake news'

The Marine Corps on Tuesday suspended a general who publicly ridiculed as “fake news” allegations of sexual harassment at his command and also joked about a chaplain recently fired for having sex in public, USA TODAY has learned.

Army senior NCO accused of having sex with minor, giving her alcohol

A 39-year-old U.S. Army Ranger instructor has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a minor and giving her alcohol.

Fort Bragg pauses to show support for sex assault survivors

Soldiers from the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade paused to discuss sexual assault and authored messages in support of survivors as part of the nationwide Clothesline Project event.

It's Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in the military, and multiple Marines await sex crime trials

In April, the Pentagon recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This year’s theme is "Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission,” which highlights ongoing efforts by the Department of Defense to change the culture of the armed forces to eliminate sexual assault in the ranks.

Trump proclaims April 'sexual assault awareness month,' despite allegations against him

Without a hint of irony, Trump announced Friday that next month will be dedicated to "sexual assault awareness and prevention." "This is an April Fools joke right?" one user tweeted.

Most assailants in mass attacks suffered from symptoms of mental illness, report finds

An examination of 28 attacks, which claimed nearly 150 lives and wounded hundreds of others also found that more than three-quarters of the assailants engaged in suspicious communications or conduct that raised concerns from others in advance of the assaults.

Nationwide bill seeks prosecutions for juvenile sex assaults on military installations

U.S. Rep. John Carter, the Republican from Round Rock, Texas who represents Fort Hood, has filed legislation that would order military installations around the country to enter into agreements with local prosecutors to prosecute sexual assaults committed by juveniles on base.

Neller orders new investigation of sexual harassment claims at Quantico

Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller has ordered a new investigation into allegations of sexual harassment brought by two civilian employees against a Marine officer, according to a Marines statement.

Funding an issue in Fort Hood youth sex assault prosecution agreement

A 2015 American-Statesman investigation found that 39 juvenile sexual assault allegations at the 215,000-acre Central Texas military installation between 2006 and 2012 resulted in no federal prosecutions and just a few cases sent to local county prosecutors.

Togo D. West Jr., veteran who investigated Army abuses and led veterans affairs, dies at 75

He received military honors including the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal before embarking on a career as a government lawyer and high-ranking Clinton administration official who oversaw Army investigations into sexual harassment and served two rocky years as secretary of veterans affairs.

Two Navy officers plead guilty in "Fat Leonard" scandal in Norfolk courtrooms

Cmdr. Jason Starmer and Capt. John Steinberger became the latest in a slew of naval officials whose careers have been derailed in the service’s long-running “Fat Leonard” corruption scandal.

Military court sets aside sex abuse conviction of Air Guardsman

The three-judge panel found this month a military judge’s instruction to the jury they may consider related charges in the same case when reaching a verdict should not have applied in the December 2015 court martial proceedings of Master Sgt. Steven K. Pflug, based on a later subsequent higher court ruling, records show.

New court ruling jeopardizes military's ability to pursue old rape cases

A ruling by a U.S. military appeals court jeopardizes the Pentagon's ability to prosecute sexual assaults committed before 2006, just as more people are coming forward with years-old allegations as part of the #MeToo movement.

‘PowerPoint karaoke' to celebrate the best and worst of a modern military requirement

“Death by PowerPoint” is what peeling potatoes was to military generations of the past — a shared experience of droning misery that servicemembers are often “voluntold” to attend. On March 6, participants will gather in San Francisco to have a little fun with all the tedium, poor formatting and unintentional humor.

Flirty messages with subordinate's wife lead to general officer's demotion, forced retirement

Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington will retire as a one-star, the last rank at which he served satisfactorily, according to media reports.

Several Camp Pendleton Marines were recently convicted on sex-related charges

Several Camp Pendleton-based Marines have been found guilty in recent weeks of crimes including rape and child pornography, with other similar cases still pending in the military criminal justice system, records show.

Theater-based sex-assault prevention training having an impact, Navy says

Navy officials credit a substantial drop in sexual assaults over the past few years to a contracted group whose performances address themes such as victim retaliation and male-on-male sexual assault.

Japan-based sailors suspected of buying, selling, using illegal drugs

The sailors, some of whom are assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan, are suspected of buying, selling and using illegal drugs, including LSD and ecstasy. The Navy is also looking into whether the sailors were buying and selling drugs online or distributing them to Japanese citizens outside Yokosuka.

Pentagon: Air Force Academy out of compliance on sexual assault

Mismanagement of the Air Force Academy's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office has put the school out of compliance with Defense Department policies, a Pentagon report released Wednesday said.

In the #MeToo era, military senior misconduct faces new scrutiny

Two hearing panels of service inspector generals and vice chairs told the committee Wednesday that they’ve seen significant progress addressing a slew of senior misconduct complaints that peaked in recent years, but plenty of work remains to finally get a handle on the problem.

Sexual assault reports doubled at West Point

Defense Department and West Point officials said the big jump at the Military Academy resulted from a concerted effort to encourage victims to come forward. But the dramatic and consistent increases may suggest more assaults are happening.

USS Ronald Reagan sailor arrested, accused of sexual assault in Tokyo

A Navy official said that the alleged victim was not a Japanese national.

Board recommends forced retirement for Marine colonel who was drugged, robbed in Bogota

The Secretary of the Navy will make the final determination on the career of the colonel, who was slipped a tranquilizer during a night on the town and led around like a zombie before winding up in a Colombian hospital.

An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor worries: What happens when we're all gone?

Before long, they will all be gone. Survivors, perpetrators and bystanders alike, the generation that experienced one of the greatest horrors in modern history is dying out.

Air Force Academy cadet accused of sexual assault found not guilty

The case, which was heard in front of a panel of officers, is the first of its kind at the academy involving homosexual acts since the 2011 repeal of the military's ban on gays.

Military experts, leaders say 'up or out' promotion system outdated

Experts testifying before a subpanel of the Senate Armed Services Committee seem to agree that the policy, also known as DOPMA, is an one-size-fits-all approach that the military has outgrown.

Pentagon, watchdog at odds over efforts to prevent sexual abuse of children by Afghan troops

A government watchdog suggested that Congress might want to prohibit the Defense Department from spending money on Afghan military units whose members sexually abuse children or commit other human rights violations.

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 8, 2013

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