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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Some 26,000 soldiers have suffered sexual abuse in the U.S. military

The U.S. president, Barack Obama warned Tuesday that not tolerate sexual assault in the Armed Forces, which was disclosed after a Pentagon report that reveals exactly which increased by 30% between 2010 and 2012. The number of "unwanted sexual contact" in the military estimatesrose from 19,100 in 2010 to 26,000 in 2012, according to the report released Tuesday, based on anonymous surveys. Sexual assault "is an outrage "and if the author is in the armed forces then" is betraying the uniform wearing "Obama said at a joint press conference with his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye, after meet her at the White House. Noting that people who have committed sexual assault "should be prosecuted", the president said what and "we will not tolerate this. And there will be consequences . " The Government will do everything possible to try to stop such assaults within the military. The number of " unwanted sexual contact " in the military estimates rose from 19,100 in 2010 to 26,000 in 2012, around 30%, according to a Pentagon report released today based on anonymous surveys. The report notes that there could be about 70 cases of sexual assaultwithin the U.S. military a day.

One day after the scandal

These data come to light a day after it was learned the arrest of Areas Force officer responsible for directing and Response Unit Sexual Assault Prevention in the military, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski precisely for attempted sexual assault in Arlington (Virginia). Krusinski was arrested early Sunday in a parking lot of Arlington, where its headquarters the Pentagon, after trying to play on the chest and buttocks of a woman who managed to escape and call the police. "For those in uniform who have experienced sexual assault want to hear directly from their commander in chief I'm with them, I'm going to support them, "Obama said from the White House. U.S. President Barack Obama , for his part said that "there will be consequences" for those responsible for sexual assault in the Armed Forces of the country that are "betraying the uniform they wear."

Defense take action

For his part, Secretary of Defense of the USA, Chuck Hagel , has announced new measures to reduce sexual assault in the Armed Forces of the country. In a press conference, the Pentagon chief expressed "outrage and disgust" at the "disturbing" allegations reflected in the biennial report of the Pentagon. Hagel said that we need a "cultural change" in the Pentagon , so order update the strategic plan ofprevention and response to sexual assaults of the Department, and shall instruct all military services to "align their programs" with it. Also order all division heads to develop "methods for all military commanders accountable for establishing command climate based on dignity and respect, and to incorporate sexual assault prevention and care to victims their command ". The Defense Department will also work to "improve the effectiveness of prevention and response programs (the sexual assault), with the recruitment of organizations that help ensure safety awareness and service new members, "he said.

Treatment for victims

Hagel also believes necessary to reduce the stigma suffered by those who have suffered sexual assaults, which bind to "implement methods to improve the treatment of victims by their peers, coworkers and chains of command", taking into account the testimonies of those affected. Fifth, Hagel ordered each of the divisions complete before the July 1, a series of visual inspections of all workplaces to "ensure that promote an atmosphere of dignity and respect for all members and are free of materials that create a climate degrading or offensive". The defense minister also instructed the attorney general of the Department to incorporate the rights reflected in the Law of Crime Victims' Rights "to the practice of military justice." "This is unacceptable to me and to the leaders of this institution, and should be for anyone associated with the U.S. Armed Forces," said Hagel .

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