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Recent stories about sexual assault in the military

US intensifies sanctions on Myanmar forces for rights abuses

The United States intensified its sanctions against Myanmar on Friday, blacklisting four commanders and two units of security forces for their alleged role in violent campaigns against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities.


Next mission for women with military service: Run for office

More female veterans are running for Congress in this year's midterm elections. Almost all Democrats and many of them mothers, they are shaped by the Sept. 11 attacks and overseas wars. Many are retiring from the military and looking for another way to serve the country.


Sailor convicted of attempted child-sex crimes gets three years in prison

Authorities arrested Petty Officer 1st Class Gilbert Sandoval in March after he messaged two undercover Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents — one posing as a 14-year-old girl and the other pretending to be a mother seeking a man to rape her 7-year-old daughter.


USS Ronald Reagan sailor found guilty of attempting to sexually assault children

Prosecutors said Petty Officer 1st Class Gilbert Sandoval tried to meet a person he believed to be a 14-year-old Kinnick High School freshman for sexual acts. He was also accused of planning to have sex with a 7-year-old girl.


Under new law, military kids get sex assault protections

While the Pentagon began addressing sexual assault in the ranks a decade ago, an Associated Press investigation revealed that similar reports involving military kids got lost in a dead zone of justice.


Military pay raise, 15,000 new troops, promotion reforms: 5 key aspects of the 2019 defense budget

President Donald Trump signed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act into law Monday, marking the first on-time passage of the annual bill in 22 years.


Air Force women face obstacles in continuing their careers, leaving shortage of pilots

A RAND Corp. study found that women leave military service earlier than men because of conflicts that tear at their families and personal lives.


Deliberations begin in trial of soldier accused of plotting with mistress to kill his wife

The jury began deliberating Wednesday afternoon on whether Maliek Kearney was guilty of the federal crime of crossing state lines to commit domestic violence resulting in a death. A conviction could send the soldier to prison for the rest of his life.


Civilian police officer at Marine Corps installations accused of sexually assaulting teen

A civilian police officer operating at Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River has been accused of sexually assaulting a teen girl.


'We really are their last resort': A look behind the scenes at the White House VA hotline

In a small West Virginia town, 74 miles from the White House, a Donald Trump campaign promise is being fulfilled. He told the country's veterans that if they had an issue with the Department of Veterans Affairs, there would be a number they could call 24/7 to talk to a real person. Some veterans believed it was helping. Some said it was just another layer of bureaucracy.


Air Force Academy boss sees sweeping change ahead for school, cadets

Finishing his first year at the academy, Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria says the school will graduate more prospective pilots in 2019 than any time in the past 30 years.


Generals and admirals caught in sex scandals could lose clearances under defense funding bill

An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would require the Pentagon to investigate senior officials guilty of sexual assault, harassment and fraud to determine if they should retain their security clearances.


How Kellen Winslow Jr went from NFL star to accused serial rapist

The witness known as Jane Doe 2 appeared to be avoiding eye contact with the defendant, Kellen Winslow II, the retired NFL player who sat across the courtroom. One of his attorneys asked the 58-year-old homeless woman about having testified Winslow choked her during sexual intercourse. "It wasn't intercourse," she responded. "It was rape. You need to use your words correctly, sir."


In South Korea, a war against tiny spy cameras at beaches and swimming pools

It's been an excruciatingly hot summer in South Korea, but those heading to the beach or the swimming pool to relax may find themselves burned by something else: hidden spy cameras that film them in a state of undress.


New Air Force Academy sex assault policy presented to school's Board of Visitors

A new Air Force Academy policy shields sexual assault victims from punishment for misconduct charges like underage drinking that could be associated with the attack.


DODEA must do more to protect students from sexual assaults, lawmakers say

U.S. lawmakers are demanding that Defense Department schools do a better job of protecting students from sexual harassment and assault, calling for a centralized database to track cases that critics say are frequently ignored.


14 killed as blast strikes near Kabul airport soon after exiled first vice president returns

More than a dozen people were killed in an explosion near Kabul airport soon after controversial Afghan first vice president Abdurrashid Dostum returned from exile Sunday.


Afghan Vice President Dostum set to return after more than year in exile, supporters say

Abdurrashid Dostum, the controversial Afghan vice president who was forced to leave for Turkey last year amid sexual assault charges, is set to return Sunday, potentially ending protests on his behalf that have rippled through several northern provinces, officials said Saturday.


Air Force secretary discusses pilot retention, other issues in Scott AFB visit

“We’re looking at retention, as well as producing more pilots,” Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said. “It’s better if you retain.”


How Texas Democrat Kim Olson's military career crashed in Iraq

Olson has not hidden what happened. She describes it in detail in the final chapters of her 2006 book, “Iraq and Back: Inside the War to Win the Peace,” which is for sale at events for her Texas Agriculture Commissioner campaign events.


Marine officer accused of sexual harassment must fight to stay in Corps

A Marine Corps officer must fight to keep his job after sexual harassment allegations in Quantico, Virginia mushroomed into a scandal that prompted the firing of a general.


'Special place in hell' for Army veteran who sexually abused girl, judge says

A young girl confided in Jerold Young when she was sexually abused. But Young did not seek help. Instead, prosecutors said he started sexually abusing the girl.


Two Navy SEAL leaders fired over sexual misconduct allegations

Cmdr. Jarrod Donaldson and Master Chief Petty Officer Jon Franklin were fired from their positions as a unit commander and a senior enlisted adviser. Both men had been reassigned to other duties within Naval Special Warfare Group Two.


West Point shifts focus of sex-assault awareness program

The official in charge of West Point's program to combat sexual assault and harassment told the military academy's Board of Visitors on Monday that they are changing the emphasis of their education program.


Justin Trudeau responds to groping allegations: 'I don't remember any negative interactions'

An editorial 18 years ago from a community paper in Creston, British Columbia, did not include details of the groping incident, but wrote that the reporter involved felt "blatantly disrespected," and that Trudeau allegedly apologized a day later for "inappropriately handling" her.


Keesler airman convicted of multiple charges of sexual assault on a minor

Air Force Master Sgt. Rodney Tyler, 44, was arrested June 30 by military police at Keesler Air Force Base on two counts of sexual assault of a minor, two counts of indecent liberties with a child, indecent acts and sexual assault causing bodily harm to another person.


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VA pick Wilkie, a longtime aide to polarizing politicians, has defended extreme views

The conservative Washington insider must defend a career working shoulder to shoulder with polarizing figures in American politics - and the moments when he came to the defense of their most divisive views.


'A criminal enterprise': House slams Greitens' nonprofit but drops its investigation

Former Gov. Eric Greitens' dark-money nonprofit was “designed to illegally skirt donation limits and conceal the identities of major donors,” the chairman of the House investigative committee said in a memo released Monday.


Senators urge Pentagon to rethink sending military lawyers to be immigration prosecutors

The senators' letter came just hours after the Pentagon confirmed that it had approved sending 21 active-duty and reserve judge advocates to help the Justice Department with its growing backlog of cases created after the government adopted a policy to prosecute adults who cross the border illegally.


Amended Senate legislation closes prosecution gap for young sexual assault victims on military bases

An amendment attached to the Senate version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act could help bring justice to young victims of sexual assault living on military installations.


Lawmakers continue to press Coast Guard Academy for update on addressing inequities

Connecticut lawmakers, joined by some of their colleagues in Congress, are asking the head of the Coast Guard how the service plans to address "racial disparities" at the Coast Guard Academy.


In 3 Florida courts-martial, 3 sexual assault sentences

Airmen from three Florida Air Force bases have been sentenced to time in military prison and dishonorable discharges in connection with a number of sexual assault charges in separate cases


Texas to honor women veterans on Tuesday

Texas has about 177,500 female veterans, the most of any state, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2017, state lawmakers recognized a lack of awareness and enacted a law naming June 12 as Women Veterans Day to highlight their role in the military and commemorate their valor and sacrifice.


Scott AFB airman sentenced for attempted sexual assault, attempted abuse of child

A military judge has found a Scott Air Force Base senior airman guilty of attempted sexual abuse of a child and attempted sexual assault of a child.


Military fails to advise victims of sexual assault of civilian court option, advocates say

Thousands of victims of sexual assault in the military have not been advised of their right to request civilian prosecution of their cases, according to research by an advocacy group.


Charges at Marine unit include kidnapping, firearms, domestic abuse and more

Four Marines in Camp Pendleton’s 1st Marine Logistics Group are facing serious criminal charges and another pair recently pleaded guilty at court-martial. The charges include rape, kidnapping, firearms violations, drug use and domestic abuse.


For Bourdain, food was a storytelling tool and a passport

Anthony Bourdain's fans were mourning Friday following his death from an apparent suicide, recalling everything from his fearless consumption of a beating cobra's heart or a sheep testicle.


Congresswoman calls for VA investigation after survey reveals high rates of sexual harassment

The Merit Systems Protection Board found 26 percent of women and 14 percent of men who worked at the VA reported experiencing sexual harassment between 2014 and 2016.


These rules govern how the sexual assault case against Scott AFB commander will proceed

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 6 in the case of Col. John Howard, a former commander at Scott Air Force Base who was ousted after sexual assault allegations surfaced.


Scott AFB commander was allegedly involved in sexual misconduct at multiple bases

Charges against ousted Scott Air Force Base commander Col. John Howard indicate that he was accused of sexual misconduct at or near at least two separate military bases over more than a year.


Sexual assault charges filed against former Scott Air Force Base commander

Col. John Howard was charged with two counts of cruelty and maltreatment, two counts of sexual assault, one count of conduct unbecoming an officer, and one count of fraternization in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.


After nearly 29 years, Navy reverses ‘other than honorable’ discharge for sailor sexually assaulted by 6 shipmates

Nearly 29 years after Heath Phillips was discharged for going AWOL after repeatedly attempting to get his command to intervene in a series of sexual assaults committed against him, his doggedness paid off. The Board for Correction of Naval Records agreed on Wednesday to overturn his record and grant him an honorable discharge.


Veterans turning to art for lifeline when coping with traumatic memories

Art therapy has long been a component of school counseling departments, acute care hospitals and nursing homes. But now it's also being tapped by veterans' agencies and clinics for its value as a constructive expression of states of mind both extreme and inescapable.


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.


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.


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.


By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 8, 2013

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