Recent stories about sexual assault in the military

As sex scandals topple the powerful: Why not Trump?

"You can do anything," Donald Trump once boasted, speaking of groping and kissing unsuspecting women. Maybe he could, but not everyone can.

Weinstein's Impact: List of men accused of sexual misconduct

Since The New York Times published allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in October, multiple men in entertainment, media and politics in the U.S. and beyond have faced allegations ranging from sexual misconduct to rape.

Candidate for Ohio governor reveals sexual past on Facebook

A state Supreme Court justice running for Ohio governor volunteered candid details of his sexual past on Facebook, saying Friday that he was taking a swipe at the "media frenzy" over sexual misconduct. He wrote that he has been "sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females."

Pentagon releases sexual assault data for all its installations for the first time

Newly released Pentagon data show Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia has received the most reports of sexual assaults among U.S. military installations worldwide for the last three years.

Navy says genitalia air display was 'absolutely unacceptable'

Residents of Washington state turned their eyes to a clear blue sky Thursday and found themselves staring at a cartoonish rendering of male genitalia, sketched in smoke by at least one Navy EA-18G Growler jet flying out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Pentagon’s official account retweets call for Trump resignation, calls it an error

The Defense Department’s official Twitter account retweeted a call for President Donald Trump to resign Thursday afternoon, a misfire the Pentagon blamed on an errant authorized user.

Marine military policeman arrested on strangling charge

NCIS accuses a Marine reserve military policeman of strangling a woman at a Camp Pendleton beach after she refused to have sex with him in a firetruck, according to a court filing obtained by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Experts: Bush groping allegations would be hard to prosecute

Allegations that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched six women involve potential crimes punishable by fines or jail time — but one of the cases is ineligible under state laws that limit when a prosecution can begin after an alleged crime.

McCain threatens new hold on Pentagon nominees

A slate of Pentagon nominees faced off with a Senate panel Tuesday about the changes facing military recruiting today, as one key senator warned that confirmation hearings could be stalled again if the Pentagon doesn’t cooperate with new demands for information.

Kelley's Air Force punishment exposes flaws with military justice, observers say

Before Devin Kelley murdered 26 people, including children, in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the Air Force knew he should be kept far from the reach of a gun.

Rep. Gabbard supports bill seeking equal health care for female vets

In addition to offering women veterans more counseling services, the Deborah Sampson Act, introduced by Rep. Elizabeth Esty, would also expand maternity care at VA facilities and improve the collection of data regarding women and minority veterans.

House passes bill taking VA telehealth across state lines

The VA introduced telehealth more than a decade ago. In 2016, the agency reported about 677,000 patients – 12 percent of the veterans enrolled in VA health care – used telehealth in some form. Under legislation the House passed Tuesday, that could expand significantly.


Texas church gunman escaped from mental health facility in 2012 after threatening superiors

The gunman who opened fire in a Texas church, killing at least 26 people, escaped from a mental health facility in 2012 after he was caught sneaking guns onto an Air Force base and "attempting to carry out death threats" made against military superiors, according to a police report.

Italian officials wonder if 26 teenage women found dead at sea were killed

Officials believe the 26 women, who are all Nigerian and range from 14 to 18 years old, died attempting the dangerous journey from Libya to Europe over the weekend. Officials have launched an investigation into the women's cause of the death to see if they had been tortured or sexually assaulted.

NYPD says it is building rape case against Harvey Weinstein

New York City police said Friday that an actress' rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein are credible, and if the movie mogul were in the state and the accusation more recent, they would move to arrest him immediately.

As veil of silence falls, Weinstein effect keeps growing

In the three weeks since the string of allegations against Harvey Weinstein first began, an ongoing domino effect has tumbled through not just Hollywood but at least a dozen other industries. It's open season on open secrets.


The few, the proud: Female Marines define themselves

As the United States prepares to mark Veterans Day on Nov. 11, here are the stories of eight dedicated Marines — all of them women. The Marine Corps is the most physically demanding branch of the military and has the smallest percentage of female servicemembers.

Hollywood sex accusations now levied at Ratner, Hoffman

Hollywood's widening sexual harassment crisis has ensnared a prominent film director after six women accused Brett Ratner of sexual assault or misconduct in a Los Angeles Times report on Wednesday.

Pentagon restates zero-tolerance pledge for sexual misbehavior following report

Despite more than 500 cases of serious misconduct – many involving sexual harassment – among its most senior officers and officials over the last four years, the Pentagon maintained Thursday that it has "zero tolerance" for such behavior.

Court: Navy's top lawyer's unlawful influence tainted SEAL's San Diego rape case

Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Keith E. Barry was court-martialed and convicted of rape in San Diego in late 2014, in a case that hinged on whether he secured sexual consent from a woman during a month-long relationship between 2012 and 2013.

In the military, trusted officers became alleged assailants in sex crimes

Last year, the Defense Department received 6,172 reports of sexual assault in the ranks - a new high and almost twice as many as were reported in 2010. Pentagon officials have called the increase an encouraging sign that more victims are willing to come forward and trust the military to help them.

Former Air Force Academy boss Michelle Johnson to head NBA referee program

Johnson, the first woman to lead the academy, is no stranger to the hardwood. The 1981 academy graduate scored 1,706 points for the Falcons' women's basketball squad, making her the second-leading scorer in the history of the team.

In historic shift, Boy Scouts to expand girls' participation

Embracing a historic change, the Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts.

Senators start giving away money Harvey Weinstein donated to them

Over the years, Weinstein has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic politicians and causes, most notably to the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

How the military handles sexual assault cases behind closed doors

In March 2016, Lt. Gen. John Thompson, the senior officer in Col. Ronald Jobo's chain of command, decided against charging Jobo with abusive sexual contact, or any crime at all. Instead, Thompson imposed what the military calls nonjudicial punishment, or discipline for minor offenses.

Former VA peer counselor sentenced to probation for sex with patients

A former VA mental health worker was sentenced to probation Thursday after admitting to sexual abuse of two patients at the troubled Tomah VA Medical Center in 2015.


Superintendent says Air Force Academy racists 'need to get out' on heels of racial slur investigation

Five black students at the Air Force Academy woke up Tuesday to find "Go Home" followed by a racial epithet scrawled on message boards outside their rooms.

Commander of Fort Benning infantry training battalion is relieved of command

Army Lt. Col. Robert Howard was relieved of command of the 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade “for a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” said Ben Garrett, a spokesman for Fort Benning’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, which is responsible for infantry recruit training.

Air Force Academy cadet who spearheaded rape-prevention effort charged in sexual assault

Senior cadet Steven Fox is accused of assaulting the Colorado Springs man he took as a date to an academy dance in 2015. The case is a landmark of sorts at the academy, as the first of its kind involving homosexual acts.

Navy SEAL pleads guilty in Norfolk to molesting young girl on camera

Petty Officer 1st Class Gregory Kyle Seerden, a member of SEAL Team 1 in San Diego, faces a minimum of 15 years in prison.


For flag officers, an IG probe usually means early retirement

If the investigation into Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington’s alleged flirtatious texting of a local woman proceeds like similar past probes, he’ll join an Air Force three-star, a Marine four-star and scores of other senior officers in undergoing months of turbulence, followed by retirement.

At Fort Bragg Special Victims Summit, sexual assault in Army is called 'fratricide'

Commanders from across Fort Bragg gathered Tuesday to discuss an enemy that is plaguing the force. This enemy can’t be found on a map. And in some cases, it comes from within the Army itself.

Experts: Veterans should ‘get out in the streets’ to protest government’s handling of ‘bad paper’

Easing challenges created for veterans who receive “bad paper” discharges will require changes in practices and procedures at the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, some experts said Friday. But first, it will take public outrage.

The text messages with a younger, married woman that threaten to send an Army general’s career off the rails

For three months, Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington, commander of U.S. Army Africa, exchanged flattering, playful and flirtatious messages with the much younger Italian wife of an enlisted man. The woman kept the messages with Harrington on her phone, and shared them during a recent interview with Stars and Stripes.

Ex-Coast Guardsman convicted of killing colleague, sentenced to life

More than 2½ years after he staged an elaborate attack on a fellow Coast Guardsman, shooting and killing her, and severely injuring her wife and a Bourne police officer, 33-year-old Adrian Loya was sentenced to life in prison.

Marine colonel convicted of sexually abusing a child

A Camp Lejeune Marine colonel has been sentenced to more than five years behind bars after being convicted of sexually abusing a child.

US Army Africa commander suspended amid investigation into texts

The 30-year career of U.S. Army Africa’s commander was in jeopardy Friday after he was suspended from command in the wake of flirtatious messages he is suspected of sending to another man’s wife.

Pentagon expands policy to upgrade vets’ bad paper discharges

The Defense Department on Monday issued a sweeping policy change to afford more leeway to veterans seeking upgrades to their other-than-honorable discharges.

In rare spectacle, Army court-martials a retired general

James Grazioplene, a retired major general, is being court-martialed on charges that he raped a minor over a six-year period while he was on active duty in the 1980s, according to Army officials and court documents.

Trial set for Marine colonel accused of sexual assault

Col. Daniel H. Wilson, 55, of Mason, Wash., was charged on Nov. 15 by military officials of violating four articles under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Fort Benning drill sergeants suspended amid sexual assault allegations

The Army has suspended multiple Fort Benning drill sergeants as it investigates allegations of sexual assault raised by a female trainee, officials at the Georgia installation said Wednesday.

Air Force Academy's new boss judging success by what cadets go on to achieve

New Air Force Academy boss Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria isn't judging his 4,000 cadets by what he's seen so far since returning to Colorado Springs.

Ceremony marks passing of the torch to new Air Force Academy superintendent

"Keep em' flying. Keep em' climbing," Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, the academy's first-ever female superintendent, told Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria after she transferred command in a ceremony Friday.

Retired colonel wins $8.4M lawsuit against woman who blogged that he raped her

Col. David "Wil" Riggins was on the verge of promotion to brigadier general in July 2013 when he learned that a blogger in Washington state had just accused him of raping her, when both were cadets at West Point in 1986.

Air Force Academy's first female boss says she's leaving school on course for success

Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson uses flight terms to describe her four years in command of the Air Force Academy. And one word comes up again and again: "Turbulence."

Air Force Academy superintendent briefs oversight board on rebuilding sexual assault response staff

Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson offered a sparse description Friday to the school's civilian oversight board of what led to the suspension of four of the office's six employees.

Ex-military contractor convicted of espionage gets life in prison for exploiting underage girls

A former military contractor from Palm Beach County was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in federal prison on Friday for sexually exploiting underage girls in Honduras.

Senate committee shows overwhelming support for Navy Secretary nominee

In a rousing show of support, the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday questioned Navy Secretary nominee Richard Spencer during a two-hour preliminary confirmation hearing that looked more like a unanimous endorsement than the rigors of interrogation.

Former Air Force security sergeant convicted in Colorado rape

A former Air Force security squadron staff sergeant was found guilty Friday of sexually assaulting an Aurora woman in her home while he videotaped the crime on his phone, the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office announced.

FBI probed complaints that Bobby Knight groped women during Fort Belvoir visit

The allegations by some National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency employees, which were not previously made public, led to criminal investigations by the FBI and the U.S. Army. The Pentagon, Congress and other intelligence agencies in Washington were alerted.

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 8, 2013


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