Transcript for Military Sexual Assault Victims Testify Before Senate Panel
Victims of sexual assault in the military are demanding reforms. The military criminal justice system is broken and several victims told a senate committee that sexual assault and harassment in the US armed forces is widespread. And too often commanders don't seem to care former army sergeant Rebecca have a lot recounted -- -- -- another service member. I removed myself from training and immediately sought out the assistance. From an army chaplain who told me among other things that the rape was God's well. And it only got worse from there -- commander decided not to prosecute the alleged rapists. Bridget McCoy says she was raped by her superior officer initially she didn't report the assault the year that I was raped. In that same year I was raped again by another. Soldier in in my unit. Another year. I was to actually arrest. By -- commissioned officer in my unit. Petty officer Brian Lewis was serving in the US navy when a commanding officer sexually assaulted him. About 56%. Of estimated victims and our military our men. This is the part of the crisis that the Department of Defense does not acknowledge. New secretary of defense Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the military's handling of rape -- -- after an air force general. Throughout the aggravated assault conviction of a pilot. Up bill has been and reducing congress to strip military commanders of the powered -- overturned verdicts or reduced sentences. -- Bradley ABC news Washington.
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