More than 300 sexual assaults reported at Camp Pendleton since 2005
In late February, former Camp Pendleton Marine Sarah Albertson and a group of female veterans filed a federal lawsuit seeking to change the way the military investigates sexual assault complaints.
Albertson says that she was raped by a fellow Marine at the base in 2006 and that nothing was done to the perpetrator.
She and the other plaintiffs contend commanders often try to sweep reports of sexual assault under the rug, with perpetrators receiving what amounts to a slap on the wrist. The lawsuit wants the Pentagon to establish an objective, outside party to handle complaints.
While base authorities say they can find no record of Albertson’s alleged assault in 2006, rape and other sex crimes are frequently reported on the sprawling Marine Corps complex just north of Oceanside.
Since January 2005, more than 300 sexual assault complaints have been filed by Camp Pendleton troops, including 75 in the 2009 fiscal year that ended in September, according to statistics obtained by the North County Times. Figures for 2010 are not yet available.