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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jun 11, 2013

In June 2013, a top US Army commander stationed in Japan was suspended due to the mishandling of a sexual assault case. Major General Michael Harrison was not at all a part of the assault, but did not properly correct the problem or provide adequate punishment for the perpetrator. This is just another unfortunate instance in a long line of bad press from the US armed services regarding unwanted advances.

There has been a 35% increase in military sex crimes (roughly 26,000) from 2010 to 2012, according to Army reports. Even top officials have been in the public eye due to their inappropriate and shameful behavior, such as the Air Force’s former sexual assault prevention officer who was arrested and charged with sexual battery.

Some more recent reports tell of three US Naval Academy football players who allegedly raped an intoxicated girl at an off campus party. Even a sergeant in Ft. Hood is being accused of running a prostitution ring in Texas.

Some former victims of rape or sexual assault feel outraged at the lack of response and punishment to said military sex crimes, and feel as though the armed forces have learned nothing over the years. Many of the victims are often rendered as untruthful by the penal system, which has dismissed many claims and sometimes blamed the actions of the accuser, not the perpetrator in question.

Some military rapists or offenders do not receive jail time for their actions if the crime was deemed “not violent enough” to justify for imprisonment. The psychological effects of these sorts of actions and resolutions can be extremely damaging to the victim. Public outcry has been helping push the issues into the hands of the federal government. Obama recently passed the Ruth Moore Act, which would give rape survivors disability benefits to cope with the trauma.