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    Pentagon: 1,700 Sex Assaults Reported [Merged]

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Military criminal investigators received 1,700 reports of sexual assault in 2004 involving at least one member of the military, the Pentagon said Friday.

    This includes cases in which a service member was either an alleged assailant or a victim. It is the first year the military has tracked this particular statistic, a move resulting from sexual assault scandals at the Air Force Academy and among deployed troops overseas.

    But one part of this number that has been tracked in the past - the number of military members claiming they were victims of assault - showed a marked increase over previous years.

    In 2004, 1,275 cases involved at least one member of the military saying he or she was a victim of sexual assault. That's up from 1,012 in 2003 and 901 in 2002.

    This would suggest acts of sexual assault against military personnel are on the rise.
    But a military spokesman instead attributed the increase to increased awareness in the military about sexual assault issues, so service members feel more comfortable coming forward to report the crime.

    ``We have focused our efforts trying to encourage service members to come forward,'' Lt. Col. Joe Richard said. ``The environment has changed.''

    Still, Richard noted that many sexual assaults go unreported in both the military and civilian world. This suggests the actual number of assaults is higher. These assaults took place in a population of 1.5 million active-duty and mobilized National Guard and reserve personnel.

    The report shows ``that there is an ongoing problem of sexual assault within the military,'' said Anita Sanchez, spokeswoman for the Miles Foundation advocacy group for victims of military violence.

    Some of the 1,700 cases involve more than one assailant or more than one victim. Of those cases:

    - 880, slightly more than half, involved an alleged assault by at least one military person against another.

    - 425 involved an alleged assault by at least one member of the military against a non-service member.

    - 99 involved an alleged assault by at least one non-service member against a member of the military.

    - 296 involved an unidentified assailant against a member of the military.

    The military defines sexual assault in this context as attempted or actual rape, nonconsensual sodomy and indecent assault, a category which includes unwanted sexual touching.

    Investigations and adjudication of the cases of 1,022 alleged assailants were completed. Other cases were still open at the end of 2004, the end of the period that the report covers.

    Of those:

    - 351 were not substantiated by investigation or closed due to insufficient evidence.

    - 342 led to punitive action in the military justice system, including 113 court-martials. The remaining cases involved less serious adjudication.

    - 51 were in civilian or foreign courts.

    In the rest, the assailant was not identified and the case was closed. The vast majority of cases involved a man allegedly assaulting a woman.

    Sanchez said the Miles Foundation is concerned that ``the adjudication ... continues to be predominantly nonjudicial punishment'' even though sexual assault is a crime. She said this leads to a lack of responsibility for notifying either the military or civilian community of the presence of sex offenders.

    This year, the military has pledged greater confidentiality to victims of sexual assault who come forward. It has also expanded training and standardized policies in dealing with an alleged assault.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...050601150.html

    I guess we now know the GI peverts in iraq get there training of peversion first hand in the States where even girls there are'nt safe! then you hear nationalistic buffons come out with im proud of US military Is this what makes proud of their military disgraceful !
    Last edited by ravage; May 28, 2005, 05:20 PM.

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    Re: Pentagon: 1,700 Sex Assaults Reported

    How do you know this board is Anti-American? When two separate posters jump on the opportunity to post the same negative article.

    And how about comments. Here is one, "See, the US is morally bankrupt, because its soldiers sexually harass each other." Wasn't that easy? Lets just draw whatever conclusion we want to from this article. I suppose we would never make the opposite assumption, that when the US finds a problem they investigate it, work on a solution and publish the results. No, lets fall into the trap of simply posting the articles that reinforce our prejudice.

    Twice.
    Boycott Venezuelas State owned Citgo.

    Buy Royal Dutch Shell gasoline!

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      Re: Pentagon: 1,700 Sex Assaults Reported

      OG, again trying to derail the thread.
      Burn our scripture, sodomize our people, then call us terrorists.
      Hallelujah

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        There is no thread to derail. It is a posting of a news story.

        How does burning scripture relate anyway?

        I'm with OG. The US government is investigating its problems, prosecuting and publishing the reports on this group of soldiers that represents .0003% of the military. I'd venture to say if any other military was as open and honest we'd find out the percentage would be the same or higher.

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          Re: Pentagon: 1,700 Sex Assaults Reported

          Originally posted by Seminole
          How does burning scripture relate anyway?
          That was for OG's: How do you know this board is Anti-American?

          After reading what your troops have been busy doing, you dont expect us to be throwing garlands of flowers on them do you?

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            Re: Pentagon: 1,700 Sex Assaults Reported

            why don't we all post this eh?
            Boycott Venezuelas State owned Citgo.

            Buy Royal Dutch Shell gasoline!

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              #7
              Re: Pentagon: 1,700 Sex Assaults Reported

              Mr ak47 do you live in the "perverted" west?

              If not, then are you saying acts of perversion do not happen outside the United States?

              P.S. You should come to the U S of A sometime. Trust me you will love it.

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                Re: Pentagon: 1,700 Sex Assaults Reported

                Yeah well fcking sue us.
                Can you Hear me Now!! Good

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                  #9
                  Re: Pentagon: 1,700 Sex Assaults Reported

                  Originally posted by Giap
                  P.S. You should come to the U S of A sometime. Trust me you will love it.
                  Its nothing special trust me.

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                    Re: Pentagon: 1,700 Sex Assaults Reported

                    Originally posted by lunaticCalm
                    After reading what your troops have been busy doing, you dont expect us to be throwing garlands of flowers on them do you?
                    Its not just the peverted troops that are bunch of crackheads the US government ain't no better with their lies deciet and fraud and thats just when they deal with the amkerikkkan public imagine when they deal with rest of the world.

                    As for derailing the subject these right wingers have no answer simple as that what else can they do other than change the subject!

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                      Re: Pentagon: 1,700 Sex Assaults Reported [Merged]

                      who is really surprised?

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