Sexual assault in the military has persisted with nauseating frequency, and this week brought new attention to the rampant problem. On Monday, the officer in charge of the Air Force's Sexual Prevention and Response unit was charged with sexual battery for assaulting a woman in a parking lot. On Wednesday, the Pentagon put out this report: In 2012 alone, 26,000 members of the military were sexually assaulted, a 35 percent rise since 2011.
On Tuesday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) ripped into military officials, asking Air Force Secretary Michael Donley why the chain of command was failing its soldiers. Next Wednesday, the lawmaker plans to introduce a set of reforms she's been developing with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), among others, to the Senate Armed Services Committee.More »