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Military sexual assaults: The time to act is now

May 24, 2013
By Rep. Dan Benishek , Daily Press

WASHINGTON - Right now, America is facing an epidemic of sexual assaults in our military. The facts on this issue are truly frightening. The Department of Defense (DOD) estimated there were 26,000 sexual assaults in 2012 alone. Sadly, only 3,400 were actually reported. That means 87 percent of these terrible crimes went unreported. In fact, over the past few weeks' news reports have surfaced that two different military commanders responsible for addressing this problem have actually been charged with sexual assault themselves. Like most people in Northern Michigan, I believe this is a travesty that needs be addressed now.



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