Recent stories about sexual assault in the military

Pakistani girl's gruesome death has brought other victims' hidden stories to light

Zainab's gruesome rape and murder followed several waves of child abductions, murders and sexual abuse that earned this economically struggling city a macabre reputation as Pakistan's capital of child sex abuse.

US marches for women's rights slam Trump, encourage voting

Demonstrators from Los Angeles to New York marched in support of female empowerment and denounced President Donald Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women's rights on Saturday, the anniversary of his inauguration.

Few Navy commanders face court-martial for operational failures

On Tuesday, the Navy said it would convene Article 32 hearings to consider court-martialing Cmdr. Bryce Benson, who commanded the USS Fitzgerald, and Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez, former commander of the USS John S. McCain, for their roles in two deadly collisions last year.

Secret bitcoin philanthropist backs research of ecstasy as treatment for PTSD

The Pineapple Fund, an anonymous benefactor’s initiative to give away $86 million in digital currency, plans to donate $4 million for the study of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.


‘Where’s our reckoning?’ | Military women gather outside Pentagon in #MeToo protest

Outside the Pentagon, Nichole Bowen-Crawford stood in the bitter cold and told everyone who would listen about being assaulted by a fellow soldier and then silenced by her superiors. She joined a small cadre of military survivors who demanded accountability from Pentagon leadership that has failed to end sexual assault in the Armed Forces.

Marine tried to stop misogyny in the military, now will take on Pentagon from outside

The 'Marines United' nude-photo-sharing scandal could have been prevented, according to retired Col. Scott Jensen.

Army's Twitter account draws the wrong kind of attention

U.S. Army media officials designed Saturday to be one of the biggest public awareness days of the year. It accidentally may have pulled that off.

Berlin sets up New Year's Eve 'safe zone' for women amid sexual assault concerns

After mass sexual assaults occurred on New Year's Eve in several German cities two years ago, Berlin officials now work on the assumption that prevention efforts alone may no longer be sufficient at such large-scale events. Women will be able to speak to psychologists immediately after being assaulted or harassed in a "safe zone" at the Berlin New Year's Eve event.

Former SEAL Chris Fussell shares some lessons on organizations with businesses, sailors

In a nearly hour-long presentation, Chris Fussell didn't once mention tactics like rappelling from a helicopter, kicking in doors in search of terrorists or the best way to sneak aboard a ship undetected. Instead, he launched into what could easily be a graduate-level business course in leadership strategies and organizational management.

Advocates for military women plan #MeToo demonstration outside Pentagon

The event, scheduled to take place outside the Pentagon, is intended to raise awareness, show solidarity and share stories about sexual assault and harassment in the military.

Air Force Academy, other military schools eye escape clause for sexual assault victims

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria must deal with problems surrounding sexual assault without a remedy that commanders at every other military base can use.

Air Force Academy unveils plan to rebuild scandal-ridden sexual assault office

The Air Force Academy is rebuilding its scandal-rocked Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office with a special emphasis on preventing future attacks, the school's top general said.

Nonprofit group sues DOD over requests for sexual assault data

Advocates for servicemembers and veterans filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government Wednesday to release data that they say is critical to protecting people who serve from sexual assault and the retaliation that can follow when victims report the abuse.

Maryland center offers shelter, services to oft-overlooked homeless female veterans

The nonprofit Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, or MCVET, funded through the federal government, various organizations and private donations, has offered housing and a range of services for homeless male veterans since its launch in 1993. In 1997, it opened its doors to female veterans, serving as one of a handful of resources in the city.

Analysis: Alabama election result seen as 'miracle' in Europe

Roy Moore's defeat on Tuesday evening may have come as a relief to liberal Americans, but in Europe it was taken as a sign that the United States has not totally lost its moral compass.

Fort Bragg leaders respond to sexual assault data

Fort Bragg leaders say recent Pentagon data ranking the installation among the highest for reports of sexual assaults reflect in part their efforts to combat the crimes for which they have zero tolerance.

Lauer says repairing damage is full-time job

Former "Today" show host Matt Lauer, fired for sexual misconduct, said Thursday that repairing the damage that he has caused is now his full-time job.

Sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patt doubles in past 2 years

Sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have increased over the past four years, and nearly doubled between 2015 and 2016, the Department of Defense reported.


What were now-grounded Whidbey Island air crew members thinking?

We may never know the motives. But Navy brass are not amused, and the crew of the EA18-G Growler — based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station — appears to be in big trouble after an obscene image was sketched in the sky.

Gillibrand reintroduces military justice reform bill for fifth time

The bill has been brought to vote on the Senate floor twice, winning a bipartisan majority vote both times but failing to clear a filibuster.

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

The new data show a consistency among the installations handling the most sexual assault cases year-to-year, which include some of the military’s largest posts, such as Naval Station Norfolk which 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.

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.

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.

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.

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 8, 2013


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