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Obama: Sexual Assault in Military an Outrage

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The Senate Armed Services Committee hears from top officials of the Air Force, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, (r) and Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 7, 2013.

The Senate Armed Services Committee hears from top officials of the Air Force, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, (r) and Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 7, 2013.

U.S. President Barack Obama says sexual assault by members of the U.S. military is an outrage and a betrayal of the uniform they are wearing.

The president spoke Tuesday as the Pentagon released a report saying the number of sexual assaults in the military has increased by 35 percent since 2010.

Obama said there cannot be any more speeches and training programs and officers looking the other way. He said those guilty of sexual assault should be court-martialed and dishonorably discharged.

Monday, the Pentagon arrested and removed from duty Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Krusinski after he allegedly assaulted a woman in a parking lot. Krusinski was the head of the Air Force's sexual assault prevention office.
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