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Friday, December 5, 2014

Retaliation still a major issue for troops who report sexual assault, study finds

Despite significant efforts to make military victims of sexual assault feel safe in reporting attacks, a new survey indicates that retaliation remains a major issue.

“When someone reports a sexual assault, they need to be embraced and helped, not ostracized or punished with retribution,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday while discussing a Rand Corp. report based on a massive anonymous survey of servicemembers, a review of the military justice system and a survey of about 150 sexual assault victims.
He announced several reforms, including new training and an additional study designed in part to prevent retaliation.
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