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Nation cannot tolerate military sexual assaults

May 30, 2013

Clearly, the U.S. armed forces approach to preventing sexual assaults is not working. A year ago, the Pentagon estimated about 19,000 members of the military had been sexually assaulted in 2011....

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Jun-01-13 12:04 AM

In the past few weeks, we've seen two instances where the men assigned to sexual assault prevention were charged with that very thing; and besides the irony of it another problem was pointed out. One, the officer heading the Air Force wide program was a lieutenant colonel, a rank that doesn't carry much clout in the halls of the Pentagon. The other, in charge of the program for an Army corps, was a Sergeant First Class, not even a commissioned officer. This just shrieks that this problem is not being taken seriously. We don't need lieutenant colonels, we need lieutenant generals. At the corps level, we don't need sergeants. That's the place for lieutenant colonels.

Only when these programs are put under officers with enough clout to bring smoke, kick butt and take names are we going to start seeing results; and perhaps it's time for the Commander-In-Chief go beyond speeches and kick some four star butt himself. Perhaps kick it all the way back to three stars or eagles.

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