Lawmakers ordered a study of how the Pentagon deals with reports of sexual violence among children live and attend school on U.S. military bases around the world.
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U.S. senators called for an independent investigation into how the Ministry of defence deals with reports of sexual violence among children live and attend school on U.S. military bases around the world.
The last order is only one aspect of the legislation, the efforts to recast the Pentagon’s handling of service members to sexually abuse children.
Pentagon officials have reportedly resisted, a review by the Department’s independent inspector General, according to The Associated Press, despite the evidence of widespread errors in ensuring the accountability of perpetrators and support the victims.
On Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee party enacted cross-cutting proposals to address disparities in the juvenile justice system and trying to protect the “student victims” in DOD-run educational institutions.
The latest developments come amid a renewed focus on rape and sexual assault in all ranks and departments of the U. S armed forces, the U.S. lawmakers have often the Pentagon is condemned to do-is not enough to improve the internal male-dominated culture.
Despite a number of initiatives introduced in recent years against the problem of sexual assaults, the Pentagon’s annual report published at the end of April showed a 10-percent increase in reported incidents in the past year.
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The data showed that the number of alleged people increased rights violations in all four military areas, the highest climb out of the Marine Corps, to 14.7 percent. The Navy escalated by 9.3 percent, while the Air Force 9.2 percent documented to jump and the army of 8.4 percent.
A total of 6,769 men and women reported assaults, an increase of 6,172 a year earlier and the highest number since 2006, the first year these data were collected.
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However, Pentagon officials stated that the number is the highest for the seventh year in a row — as the soul strength, the more victims, the notification of such acts of aggression to your supervisor, while at the same time recognize that there is still a lot of work ahead of us.
“While the progress we have seen, offers some comfort that we take it for granted, yet we are under no illusions that our work is done,” Elizabeth Van Winkle, a psychologist and managing Director of the Pentagon’s Office of Force failure-security said. “In fact, we see this progress as a warning and realize that one of the biggest threats to the progress of self-satisfaction.”
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