Combating Military Rape, Ctd

May 15 2013 @ 11:37am

It hasn’t been a good month for the armed services – first the Air Force, now the Army:

In the latest incident, the Department of Defense revealed on Tuesday a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army stationed at the Ft. Hood, TX military base is under investigation for sexual assault. Along with allegedly sexually assaulting two of his peers, the the sergeant is being investigated for possibly forcing a subordinate into prostitution. Making matters even worse, the soldier under investigation was assigned as the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program coordinator for an eight-hundred person battalion stationed at the base.

Adam Martin notes:

The officer ran the sexual assault prevention program at the battalion level, for about 800 people, so it’s not quite the same as the Air Force lieutenant colonel who ran the program for the entire branch. But the accusations, if true, speak to an apparently more premeditated crime.

The latest scandal will surely fuel the reform effort from Congress:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is set to introduce a particularly drastic bill on Thursday in response to increasing military sexual assaults. Her bill would completely remove the decision to prosecute all major criminal cases from the military chain of command.

More in the Dish thread here.