Recent stories about sexual assault in the military

Naval Academy police chief fired after sexual harassment allegations

Naval Support Activity Annapolis Police Chief Lance Royce has been fired following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations, even as Navy officials declined to discuss the reason behind his dismissal.

Minnesota National Guard received 90 reports of sexual assault in last five years

The Minnesota National Guard received 90 reports of sexual assault in the last five years, ranging from inappropriate touching to rape, according to a first-ever tally released Thursday.

Air Force Academy cadets wear jeans to show support for ending sexual assault

Showing solidarity with college students worldwide on a day meant to raise awareness of sexual assault, 4,000 Air Force Academy cadets wore jeans Wednesday, an unprecedented sight on a military campus.

Rights group: Bahraini authorities abuse, torture detainees

Bahraini citizen Ebrahim Sarhan recounted the torture he was subjected to in 2017, describing how he was stripped naked in front of other inmates as officials threatened to "bring in a bottle" — a veiled threat of sodomy.

Federal officials to review Wisconsin Guard assault protocol

Federal military officials have agreed to review how the Wisconsin National Guard handles sexual assault in the wake of multiple alleged incidents dating back to 2002, Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said Wednesday.

‘A culture of fear’: A look at the California National Guard allegations spurring lawmakers to consider new legislation

The proposed legislation comes amid fresh scrutiny on the state’s military department after allegations of misconduct and claims of reprisal forced the removal of three top officers from their posts in the California Air National Guard earlier this month.

Former Fort Drum soldier who killed wife, state trooper will be sentenced Tuesday

Just months before he shot and killed her, former Fort Drum soldier Justin Walters admitted in a text message to his wife Nichole that he entered the Army so he could legally kill people.

Joe Biden's handling of Anita Hill's harassment allegations clouds his presidential prospects

As he moves toward formally entering the Democratic presidential race, Joe Biden has repeatedly expressed regret for how he handled one of the most consequential challenges of his career in the Senate – the 1991 hearings into Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

Pentagon establishes panel to probe Defense Department’s handling of sexual assault cases

The Sexual Assault Accountability and Investigation Task Force, or SAAITF, will focus largely on reforms and improvements that can be made to the military judicial process to ensure servicemembers’ confidence in the system, acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan wrote on March 27.

Jeans day intended to bring Air Force Academy into forefront of discussion on sexual assault

Jeans, long forbidden for cadets on duty, will be allowed by Lt. Gen Jay Silveria, who wants cadets to consider the toll of sexual attacks after a Pentagon report in January found that more women at the school faced unwanted sexual contact but fewer were reporting it.

Police ID Japanese woman they say was stabbed to death by US sailor on Okinawa

Autopsies showed both that both Tamae Hindman and Petty Officer 3rd Class Gabriel Olivero bled to death in an apparent slaying-suicide, according to a police spokesman.

Naval Academy midshipman acquitted of sexual assault charges

Navy investigators had charged Midshipman First Class Michael Wallace, 23, in March 2018 after a female enlisted sailor in the Navy Reserves accused him of sexually assaulting her while she was asleep while on spring break in Pensacola, Fla.

DOD: Ex-top Navy sexual assault prevention official took personal trips on government dime

This is the second time Jill Vines Loftus has been chided by the Inspector General following a 2016 investigation that found she was wrongfully reimbursed more than $7,000 for travel after repeatedly violating government policies.

Midshipman accused of sexual assault takes the stand in his own defense

Midshipman First Class Michael J. Wallace is charged with sexual assault, causing bodily harm and obstruction of justice after he allegedly sexually assaulted a female sailor enlisted in the Navy Reserve, on March 11, 2018.

Amazon workers are listening to what you tell Alexa

Tens of millions of people use smart speakers and their voice software to play games, find music or trawl for trivia. Millions more are reluctant to invite the devices and their powerful microphones into their homes out of concern that someone might be listening.

Former Democratic aide pleads guilty to 'doxing' GOP senators, threatening employee

A former congressional Democratic staff member pleaded guilty to posting private information about Republican senators on the website Wikipedia and threatening a witness who caught him on a computer in another lawmaker's office.

K-pop's K-porn problem: Growing scandal highlights South Korea's spy-cam epidemic

As President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border in recent days, his Department of Homeland Security nearly doubled the number of temporary guest worker visas available this summer.

Survivors of military sexual trauma aim to raise awareness through artwork

The Clothesline is made up of T-shirts created by survivors of violence, or created in honor of someone who has experienced violence.

Wisconsin general won't look other way in sexual assaults

The U.S. Air Force is investigating allegations of sexual assault and harassment within a Wisconsin Air National Guard security unit dating back to 2002. The Guard's commander, Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar said he won't look the other way on sexual assault.

Conference sparks dialogue on preventing sexual violence at service academies, colleges

Secretaries of the Army and Navy on Thursday opened a “national discussion” of unwanted sexual contact at colleges, universities and service academies with a challenge: Find real ways to stop it now.

Commanders shouldn’t be decision makers in sexual assault cases, victim advocates say

Despite incremental changes to the law and ramped-up focus, the military remains plagued with sexual misconduct allegations, and improvements remain elusive, according to lawmakers, survivors and advocates.

Actress and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano defends Joe Biden

Count Alyssa Milano among the vocal supporters of former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been accused by two women of acting inappropriately.

Accuser details sex assault allegation against Virginia's Lt. Gov. Fairfax

Meredith Watson, one of two women who have accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, D, of sexual assault, on Tuesday urged the state legislature to hold a public hearing on the allegations during her first televised interview.

Why are so many women leaving the Coast Guard?

While there is no "silver bullet" solution, the Coast Guard should develop more equitable personnel policies to address the large number of women leaving the service, a new study says.

Founder of fraudulent 'Marines & Mickey' charity pleads guilty

The FBI accused John Shannon Simpson of lying about his military record and pocketing about $390,000 that was raised to send U.S. Marines and their families on vacation.

Midshipman faces sexual assault, obstruction of justice charges in court-martial

Midshipman First Class Michael J. Wallace allegedly sexually assaulted a female sailor enlisted in the Navy Reserve, on March 11, 2018. He was scheduled to graduate in 2018, and was headed to Nuclear Power School in Charleston, South Carolina.

Wisconsin-Whitewater student sees gaps in benefits for military spouses

The federal GI Bill allows family members of veterans to cover some school costs. The Wisconsin GI Bill, which is separate from its federal counterpart, covers for dependents of eligible veterans full tuition for up to eight semesters or 128 credits at a UW System or Wisconsin Technical College System school.

Guam-based airman acquitted of aggravated sexual assault charge

Tech. Sgt. Jacory Royster of the 36th Security Forces Squadron was found not guilty Friday of the most serious charge against him after a four-day court-martial.

Special operations pilot charged with raping airman during Uganda deployment

Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Michael B. Black has been charged with multiple counts of sexually assaulting a female senior airman while deployed to Uganda two years ago.

McSally, a rape survivor, asks Air Force for expedited summit on military sexual assault

During a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee hearing on sexual assault in the military, Arizona Sen. Martha McSally delivered an emotional statement revealing her own abuse and her fear of reporting it.

Report: Syrian forces use widespread sexual violence to humiliate and silence male prisoners

According to a report released Monday by Lawyers and Doctors for Human Rights, a Syrian rights group, security forces have used rape and enforced sterilization, as well as the tying, burning and mutilation of men’s genitals, to force confessions and submission.

Case raises questions about how Marine Corps handles domestic abuse

She told him she wanted a divorce. He left and came back with her gun, an M1911 pistol. He shoved her onto a couch and began strangling her, telling her to open her mouth. Now, he's due to be paroled.

Is spring break safe? Public officials warn students of increased danger as vacations begin

Along with March Madness and St. Patrick's Day, March marks the start of spring break: a week when college students flock to warm destinations and drench themselves in liquor, tanning oil and salt water. It also beckons danger.

Appeals court ruling leads to dismissal in years-old rape case involving Spangdahlem pilot

The dismissal of a former Spangdahlem fighter pilot’s 2014 rape conviction last month marks the latest in overturned rape convictions, following the U.S. military’s top appellate court’s decision last year to impose a statute of limitations on years-old rape cases.

McSally becomes new force in debate over investigating military sexual assault

Upon disclosing that she had been raped by a superior while in the U.S. Air Force, Sen. Martha McSally became a powerful force in the debate over military sexual assault.

Sexual assault in military still pervasive despite efforts, lawmakers say

During a dramatic Congressional hearing on Capitol Hill, senators and witnesses agreed that challenges posed by military culture, the Uniform of Military Justice and other concerns have bedeviled improvements to the rates of sexual assault within the ranks.

Sen. McSally says she was raped by a superior officer in the Air Force

"Like you, I am also a military sexual assault survivor," Sen. Martha McSally said during a congressional hearing. "But unlike so many brave survivors, I didn't report the sexual assault."

Okinawa-based sailor sentenced to five years for attempted rape of a child, other charges

Petty Officer 2nd Class Allen J. Jewell must register as a sex offender once released from prison and will receive a dishonorable discharge from the Navy, among other punishments.

Advocates for sexual assault victims create one-stop support site

A Marine Corps spouse and civilian in Okinawa have joined together to launch Survivors United — an online resource hub for survivors of sexual assault in the military.

Judge rejects Chelsea Manning's effort to avoid testifying before grand jury

Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning appeared in Alexandria federal court Tuesday to unsuccessfully fight a subpoena requiring her to testify in front of a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Thousands of kids have been sexually abused at US migrant shelters, feds say

Thousands of migrant children have been sexually abused while being detained at U.S. government-run shelters, according to Department of Health and Human Services documents.

Chelsea Manning subpoenaed to testify before grand jury in Assange investigation

Chelsea Manning has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in the investigation of Julian Assange, officials said, one of several indicators that prosecutors remain interested in WikiLeaks' publication of diplomatic cables and military war logs in 2010.

Bagram air wing gets poor reviews on sexual assault response

An Air Force combat wing at Bagram Air Field has received poor reviews in how it responded to sexual assault among deployed airmen last year, which some advocates said was a troubling issue at the U.S. military’s largest base in Afghanistan.

Former Holloman airman convicted of sexual assault files writ for new hearing

Clarence Anderson III was convicted of sexual assault against his then-wife in 2015, which led to his dismissal from the U.S. Air Force.

Police: Statue of iconic WWII kiss vandalized with '#MeToo'

George Mendonsa hasn't even been buried yet, but a statue depicting the World War II veteran kissing a woman in Times Square to celebrate the end of World War II was vandalized Tuesday night with a slogan known to bring attention to sexual assault.

Air Force Academy installs thousands of cameras for cadet safety

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, the academy’s superintendent, said that the cameras will help to build a “culture of accountability” and help instill a sense of responsibility among the cadets.

Lawmaker: Sexual misconduct has reached ‘crisis’ point at US military academies

A Defense Department survey released last month concluded that incidents of unwanted sexual contact jumped nearly 50 percent at the military service academies since a similar survey two years earlier.

Second woman accuses Virginia's Democratic Lt. Gov. of sexual assault

A Maryland woman said Friday that she was sexually assaulted by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, D, in a "premeditated and aggressive" attack in 2000, while both were undergraduate students at Duke University. She is the second woman this week to accuse him of sexual assault. Fairfax forcefully denied both allegations.

Failure to tell partners about HIV-positive status made sex nonconsensual, military court rules

A sailor’s conviction for sexual assault because he failed to tell women he was HIV-positive before having sex with them has been affirmed by the military’s highest court.

Sexual assault remains 'tremendous problem' for military, lawmaker says

The Defense Department’s “Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Service Academies” included an anonymous survey of servicemembers that found 50 percent of women and 16 percent of men said they had experienced sexual harassment.

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 8, 2013

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