Pentagon Revamps Rules on Reporting Sex Crimes : NPR
The Pentagon has announced new steps to deter assaults and make it easier to prosecute offenders, a move that follows President Obama’s recent remark that sexual assault “has no place” in the U.S. military.
Still, many victims believe it will be difficult to change a military culture that makes it tough for the victims to report these crimes.
For victims, the nightmare starts with the attack. Many say that things get worse when they try to do something about it.
The Invisible War, a documentary that is being released in theaters this week, tells the stories of sexual assault victims who say the military’s command structure placed obstacles in their way when they tried to hold the aggressors accountable. The film, which won an award at the Sundance Film Festival in January, argues that a deeply ingrained culture of male authority figures makes justice hard to find.