Military personnel who were victims of sexual assault testified in a Senate hearing on Wednesday that military justice repeatedly lets perpetrators of the hook. According to the Department of Defense’s own numbers, there were more than 19,000 cases of sexual assault in 2012, but only 3,192 were reported.
Critics argue that the system – which often allows for an officer to unilaterally dismiss charges – dissuades victims from coming forward.
Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with Paula Coughlin, a POD Advocacy Board Member who blew the whistle on the Tailhook sexual assault scandal and also started the petition that got Congress to hold the Lackland hearing in January, to discuss the hearing.
Carmen is a multimedia journalist based in Washington, DC whose work has appeared in a variety of outlets including National Geographic, NBC News, the BBC, Asia! Magazine, The China Post, Chicago Tribune and Orlando Sentinel.
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