Veterans Kori Cioca & Panayiota Bertzikis, both assaulted and raped while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Defense Reporter for Politco, Juana Summers
"Bottom line is I have no tolerance for this. I have communicated this to the secretary of defense. I am going to communicate this again to folks up and down the chain and I expect consequences. So I don't want just more speeches or awareness programs or training but ultimately folks look the other way. If we find out someone is engaging in this stuff they have got to be held accountable. Prosecutors being stripped of their positions. Court martialled. Fired. Dishonourably discharged. Period." - U.S. President Barack Obama
The U.S. president's fury is directed at a disturbing case this past weekend, when the Lieutenant-Colonel the U.S. air force put in charge of preventing sexual assault -- was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in a parking a lot.
Barack Obama is also aware of a Pentagon report released yesterday that suggests the U.S. military is no where near keeping this crime under control. It says the number of sexual assaults in the military is increasing from: 19,000 cases in 2010 to 26,000 last year.
With more on the report and how its playing out in Washington, we were joined by Juana Summers. She is the defense reporter for the U.S. based Politico. She joined us from Washington DC.
Panel: Jaclyn Friedman / Angela Marie MacDougall
"So you're at a party and one of your friends have been pouring this gal a lot of drinks. He wants to get her to upstairs. She keeps saying no. What do you do. Try the defensive split. Step in be friendly separate the two. Or the pick and roll use some distraction to interrupt then get your friend home. There is also the full court press where your friends step in as a group. Preventing sexual assault is everyone's duty. " - From U.S. military training video
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Training Videos U.S. States Dept of Defense
The strangely upbeat suggestion in the U.S. military training video that a soldier's duty extends to preventing sexual assault -- doesn't appear to be working. An air force brochure advising women to submit rather than resist isn't going over well either. And a video game that encourages U.S. soldiers to intervene to protect female colleagues -- has been called a waste of tax money.
Don't Be That Guy Campaign Battered Women Support Services
The U.S. military's failed efforts to come up with a forceful, coherent message raises questions of how society in general speaks about preventing sexual violence
Jaclyn Friedman is a social activist and the author of What You Really, Really Want: The Smart Girl's Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety and she was in Boston.
And Angela Marie MacDougall is the executive director of the Vancouver based Battered Women's Support Services and she was in our Vancouver studio.
From The Current Archives: Breach of Trust
Last February we aired a documentary by The Current's producer Howard Goldenthal about a sexual assault and breach of trust case involving a Canadian military medical technician named James Wilkes.
In that report, questions were raised about how Wilkes was able to be alone with a young recruit two years after he faced complaints of improper examinations of other women. Last month, Canadian Press reported that the Department of National Defence is looking into how the chain of command handled the Wilkes case.
Listen to our documentary, Breach of Trust:
This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar, Josh Bloch and Sujata Berry.
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