26,000 sexual assaults in military in 2012

The findings, which the Pentagon acknowledges show that “sexual assault is a persistent problem and there is more work to be done,” comes at a time when the focus on this abuse within the ranks is growing in intensity.

The Air Force reported Monday that its chief sexual assault prevention officer was arrested over the weekend for allegedly groping a woman.

Meanwhile in Congress, legislators are drawing up bills that would take the decision for prosecuting these cases out of the hands of commanding officers and allow military lawyers to decide — a move that military leaders say would hurt their ability to maintain order and discipline. Legislators, however, say that under the current system victims decline to step forward out of concern that their complaints will not be taken seriously.

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