Thursday, 30 May 2013
I’m appalled by stories of sexual assault I hear from our service members. One woman was attacked by a fellow Marine in her barracks. No one heard her cries for help. The next day, she reported the assault to her superiors.
The military launched an investigation that lasted months. The woman was alienated by her peers, who called her derogatory names. Her Sergeant Major told her the assault was her fault, that she must have encouraged the attacker. The investigation went nowhere. Nobody was held accountable.
Unfortunately, sexual assault cases are not isolated incidents. Just last week, the Department of Defense released a report estimating that more than 26,000 service members were sexually assaulted in 2012.