WASHINGTON (GrayDC) "What this report shows is that we still have a problem of sexual assault in our military. We still have men and women that are victims of this crime and we need to do more in order to stop it," said Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ).
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) said the report released by the Department of Defense Thursday shows there is still a problem of sexual assault in the military. (Source: Gray DC)
McSally commented on the Fiscal Year 2018 annual report on Sexual Assault in the Military. The report revealed increased instances of some kind of contact or penetrative sexual assault in 2018, compared to 2016. 20,500 Service members reported sexual assault in 2018, which increased from 14,900 reports in 2016.
"So we need to look very specifically at the age groups and the ranks and what kind of education and training is happening there and what else we can do in order to hold people accountable, bring them to justice and protect our men and women in uniform from having these crimes committed against them," the Senator said.
McSally recently said she was sexually assaulted while she was serving in the military. A task force was formed at the request of the Senator to improve the investigations and judicial process.
McSally will meet with military leaders next Tuesday to discuss writing legislation about the issue.
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