Sexual assault of children raised by members of the United States military occurs hundreds of times each year, according to an investigative report by the Associated Press and documents released by the Department of Defense. And it is unclear how often they are prosecuted criminally: the DOD’s Family Advocacy Program doesn’t track whether or how the cases result in legal action. The data showed that more than 1,500 cases of sexual abuse of military dependents were reported between 2010 and 2014, and in more than 800 of those cases, enlisted service members were the abusers. The abuse was most often committed by male soldiers on female victims.
The investigation follows an earlier report by the AP showing that more inmates are in military prisons for child sex crimes than any other offense, and that the DOD’s justice system has prevented the public from knowing the details of the crimes and punishments, sparking calls for change to the DOD’s policies from Congress members.
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