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May 07, 2013

Obama: Sexual Assault in Military an Outrage

by VOA News

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.