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Recent stories about sexual assault in the military

'Nice girls don't join the military': New Fairchild commander proves her mettle – and critics wrong

The summer before sixth grade, Cindy Dawson went to an air show that absolutely captivated her. Then and there she decided what she wanted to do in life. When school started, she told of her plans only to hear back from the teacher: "You can't do that. Nice girls don't join the military." Lt. Col. Dawson is now a squadron commander at Fairchild Air Force Base.


Studies underway to find out why women more than twice as likely as men to suffer from PTSD

the trauma of PTSD extends beyond the violence of war and beyond men. Civilian and military Women are more than twice as likely as men to suffer from PTSD. It affects nearly 10 out of every 100 women - compared with fewer than 4 out of every 100 men.


Mortgage-free home gives Army veteran a new start in Orlando

Army veteran Nikita Wilson took a deep breath and then burst into tears as she stepped through the front door of her new home while a crowd of supporters cheered her on.


Religious right sticks by Trump as political heat rises

As the threat of impeachment looms, President Donald Trump is taking solace in the base that helped him get elected: conservative evangelical Christians who laud his commitment to enacting their agenda. Trump said last week that "the biggest pastors" have assured him that Christians are "electrified" with his presidency.


Woman accuses Matt Lauer of rape; former anchor denies claim

A woman who worked at NBC News claimed that Matt Lauer raped her at a hotel while on assignment for the Sochi Olympics, an encounter the former "Today" show host claimed was consensual.


Fort Bragg soldier charged in rape of Auburn University student

Ryan Charles Petro, a soldier stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., was taken into custody Monday, Oct. 7 on five counts of first-degree rape stemming from an investigation into a sexual assault that was reported to Auburn, Ala. police on May 29, 2018.


GOP congressman slams Trump for warning of ‘civil war’ over impeachment

President Donald Trump is warning that the Democrat-driven impeachment proceedings and any move to oust him from office amount to “treason” and would spark a civil war, prompting outrage from Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., a former Air Force pilot.


Veteran shares journey of suicide attempt, sexual trauma in military to help others

More than 10 years ago, Heather Hennessey felt overwhelmed during her transition out of the Army to the point of attempting suicide. Hennessey has gone from that point of her life to being named the Veterans Affairs' first National National Peer Specialist of the Year.


Hyten confirmed as Joint Chiefs vice chairman despite sexual assault allegations

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, who withstood several months of intense scrutiny over claims of sexual assault, was confirmed Thursday by the Senate as the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


Sailor arrested aboard USS Ronald Reagan on child sexual assault charges

Fireman Apprentice Sakari D. Macrae-Hodgin, an electrician’s mate, was booked Wednesday into the Clark County Detention Center on four counts of sexual assault against a child less than 14 years old and one count of incest.


Former Navy sailor sentenced to 20 years for sex crimes against a minor

A former U.S. Navy sailor was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday for having sexual contact with a 14-year-old Oceanside girl in 2017, federal prosecutors in San Diego said in a statement.


In new book, veteran recounts Army's response to her sexual assault ordeal

When an Army investigator interviewed Ryan Leigh Dostie after she reported being raped by a fellow soldier, he kept asking her why she didn't say "no."


Harvard and MIT leaders acknowledge deeper ties to Jeffrey Epstein than previously known

Presidents of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology acknowledged in separate announcements this week that their connections to financier Jeffrey Epstein went deeper than previously revealed, further entangling the elite institutions with a donor who was a convicted sex offender.


In small Alaska city, Native women say police ignored rapes

Rape survivors and their supporters in Nome, a city of fewer than 4,000 full-time residents, say the police department has often failed to investigate sexual assaults or keep survivors informed about what, if anything, is happening with their cases.


Virginia Lt. Gov. files $400M defamation suit against CBS in reporting on sexual assault claims

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax filed a $400 million defamation lawsuit Thursday against CBS, saying the network recklessly disregarded the truth and hyped what he says are false sexual assault allegations against him.


House lawmakers aim to provide free birth control for female veterans

The Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act would do away with copayments for birth control, saving female veterans a total of $400,000 each year, according to VA estimates.


Woman sexually assaulted on American Airlines flight got no help from crew, suit says

A Houston woman said she was sexually assaulted on a flight to Paris operated by American Airlines and received no help from flight attendants or crew members, according to a lawsuit.


SEAL Team 7 leaders fired as Navy looks to shake up commando culture

Cmdr. Edward Mason, SEAL Team 7's commander; Lt. Cmdr. Luke Im, its executive officer; and Command Master Chief Hugh Spangler, the unit’s senior enlisted leader were dismissed over problems with leadership in the team’s ranks, according to a Navy statement.


A Marine's sex assault conviction was overturned. Now the Navy is asking for a review of the decision.

Invalid search warrants led to the dismissal of a master sergeant’s conviction, prison sentence and dishonorable discharge. Now the Navy is asking the nation’s highest military court to reverse the decision.


Eglin Air Force Base officer arrested in sexual battery case

Capt. Maxsimiliano Alvarado is accused of engaging in sexual contact with a woman as she was "intoxicated and in and out of consciousness," according to a police report.


Fugitive pleads guilty to getting passport with forged documents

William I. Guy, an Army and Marine Corps veteran, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to fraudulently getting a passport so he could leave the U.S.


Navy’s top SEAL orders adoption of grooming and uniform standards, blames leadership for ‘ethically misaligned’ troops

The new guidance is the result of a command-wide review of ethics and culture that Rear Adm. Collin Green ordered last month as the SEAL community has dealt with several high-profile issues in recent years.


American woman who gave birth as a Taliban hostage slowly reclaims her life

The baby wasn't expected for another month, maybe six weeks. But American hostage Caitlan Coleman was going into labor, and there was nowhere to turn for help.


California governor weighs a pardon for immigrant who shot her Marine husband

Liyah Birru shot and injured her husband after what she says was months of physical abuse (which he denies). Now she is being processed for deportation to her home country of Ethiopia.


MDMA, or ecstasy, shows promise as a PTSD treatment

Scientists are testing how pharmaceutical-grade MDMA can be used in combination with psychotherapy to help patients with a severe form of PTSD that has not responded to other treatments.


The VA wants to take better care of its female patients, with help from the University of South Florida

Women may still be a minority among veterans in the United States, but they're the fastest-growing segment of the veteran population.


Okinawa-based hospital corpsman found not guilty of sexually assaulting fellow sailor

Petty Officer 3rd Class Glenn Washington was acquitted of sexual assault with bodily harm after admitting he had sex with a fellow sailor at his capsule hotel after a night of drinking in Tokyo’s Shibuya ward.


Senator: Only six of military's B-1 bombers are fully mission-capable

During a recent Capitol Hill hearing, Sen. Mike Rounds asked Gen. John Hyten what should be done to restore the readiness of B-1s, along with other military equipment and weapons.


SOCOM chief orders review of military’s special operations culture

Army Gen. Richard Clarke, the SOCOM commander, ordered the comprehensive review in a memorandum sent last week to his entire force. The review was to start immediately and conclude by the fall.


3D-gun enthusiast Cody Wilson pleads guilty in child sex case

Cody Wilson, the Austin man who sparked a nationwide legal fight over the constitutionality of firearms made with a 3-D printer, pleaded guilty Friday in connection with having sex with an underage 16-year-old girl last year.


Navy drops detainee abuse charges against four SEALs

Three of the SEALs were initially accused of abusing detainees in May 2012 at their Afghanistan base, Village Stability Platform Kalach in Uruzgan province. Their commander was also charged.


Pentagon launches Catch program to identify serial sex offenders in the military

The program, called Catch a Serial Offender, or Catch, allows survivors of sexual assault who are submitting a restricted report to provide information confidentially about the sexual assault incident as well as the accused offender to military investigators.


Navy’s top SEAL tells force 'we have a problem' and orders ethics review of Special Warfare Command

Rear Adm. Collin Green, the commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, has ordered an ethics review of the elite force, which has been plagued by allegations of crimes and other misconduct.


Air Force Academy cadet faces court-martial on sexual assault charges

Sophomore cadet Andrew Hong is charged with accosting the woman, who wasn’t identified in court papers, on April 28, 2018, while both were visiting Denver, according to charging papers.


Hyten’s nomination to Joint Chiefs of Staff approved by Senate Armed Services Committee

Air Force Gen. John Hyten’s nomination to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was approved in a 20-7 vote by the committee, despite sexual misconduct allegations made against him by a former aide.


Minnesota governor: Landlords are missing link in bid to 'end' veterans homelessness

Minnesota leaders say landlords are the missing link in the goal to make the state the fourth in the nation to end veteran homelessness in a tight rental market.


Senators confront Gilday during hearing over accusations of recent Navy SEALs misconduct

Recent reports of misconduct in a combat zone and alcohol and drug abuse by Navy SEALs forced Vice Adm. Michael Gilday to answer some tough questions Wednesday during his Senate confirmation hearing to be the next chief of naval operations.


Supreme Court asked to reverse military court decision limiting rape prosecutions

The office of the U.S. Solicitor General petitioned the Supreme Court to revisit a decision by the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces that prohibits prosecution of alleged rapes that occurred before 2006.


Several senators support Hyten for No. 2 military office, call sexual assault accusations false

Several senators said Tuesday they would support President Donald Trump’s nominee for the No. 2 U.S. military officer, calling sexual misconduct allegations against Air Force Gen. John Hyten by a subordinate false.


A colonel accused a general of sexual assault. A Senate panel will decide what happens next.

U.S. Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten's chances of being confirmed as the military's second-highest officer may come down to one thing next week: whether senators believe an Army colonel's charges that he sexually assaulted her while she was under his command — accusations he denies.


New superintendent: Naval Academy must address infrastructure, sexual assault challenges

“Naval Academy infrastructure must improve to meet modern technological demands and rising Severn tides,” Vice Adm. Sean Buck said during a change of command ceremony in Annapolis. “The prevention and elimination of sexual assault and sexual harassment remains at the forefront of my mind.”


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‘They just get it’: Wounded airmen recover with help from their own

Caregivers, families and more than 40 warriors — active duty and medically retired airmen facing serious wounds, injuries or illnesses — participated in the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program’s Warrior Care event, the first ever in Europe.


Senators express confidence in Norquist during confirmation hearing

The new two-year federal budget agreement “does right by the men and women in uniform,” David Norquist said Wednesday during his confirmation hearing to be the next deputy defense secretary.


Navy should probe sexual-harassment claims against auditor, lawmaker says

The Navy's top auditor was promoted to the job despite a series of sexual harassment allegations against him by multiple women, Rep. Jackie Speier said in a letter to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and another senior official.


Mark Esper is confirmed as 27th secretary of defense

Since former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned Dec. 31, there have been three acting defense secretaries leading the Pentagon.


More than 700 people have filed to run for president. Why?

There is just about every shade of politics you can imagine represented by the people who run for president.


Colorado Army veteran lost her parental rights through rarely scrutinized legal process

An Army veteran with PTSD wanted to get treatment so she could stay a good mother for her children. She didn’t expect that her time away meant she would lose her parental rights through a section of Colorado law that affords parents few legal protections.


Congressional task force aims to curb rise in military sexual assaults

A Defense Department report released in May found a 38 percent jump in military sexual assaults over the past two years. The report revealed that in 2018, 20,500 service members said they’d been sexually assaulted.


Milley: 'Not going to be intimidated into making stupid decisions'

Army Gen. Mark Milley, the Army’s chief of staff, was nominated in April to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, replacing Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, who will serve through September having been the chairman since 2015.


Teen migrant says border agent sexually assaulted her, sparking federal investigation

Authorities are investigating a complaint from a 15-year-old migrant girl that a U.S. border agent sexually assaulted her while she was detained in a facility in Yuma, Ariz., Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday night.


By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 8, 2013

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