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Is also growing outrage over the story all of the sexual assaults in seven -- she is all of our military and more than that.
For the second time this month a member of the armed forces assigned to help prevent.
Those kind of sexual assaults is now under -- -- under investigation.
For alleged sexual misconduct.
It's an extraordinary story and -- representative.
Bruce Bailey did -- -- Bruce Braly ski he's making.
Democrat of Iowa has been one of those.
Leading the charge on getting to the bottom of this congressman thank you so much for being with us today we do appreciate it.
Thank you Jonathan it's an important issue I'm glad you're focusing on it -- -- still -- And didn't give us that that the background -- this -- it seems extraordinary that those charged with preventing.
Sexual assault within the military.
On now charged with their own brand of sexual misconduct I mean what on -- congressman is going -- Well this goes.
And my first oversight committee hearing on this alarming problem of sexual assault in the military.
And the Pentagon has been putting in place policies and procedures.
That they claim is a zero tolerance policy of sexual assault in the military.
And it's a joke.
And we were out there this February meeting with these sexual assault prevention teams for each of the service branches and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to hear how great things were going.
Two weeks later -- lieutenant colonel who had been convicted of sexual assault at -- on our air base in Italy.
Had that conviction to overturned by his commanding officer and then we've had this string of scandals.
One that just -- this week out of Fort Hood.
Where people with the responsibility.
Of promoting these programs to reduce sexual assault in the military have been charged with crimes of sexual assault.
And in that same period.
The Pentagon released its annual report on sexual assault in the military and guess what.
The number of projected sexual assaults went up dramatically to an estimated 26000.
And for the young men and women who serve this country.
It is a deplorable state of affairs at.
-- -- 26000 just seems extraordinary congressman.
What does it say about that that culture all of the military.
It says that we need to change.
The way we handle these cases because as long as the convening authority a commanding officer.
Who may have very different reasons for looking at the outcomes of these cases.
Then a normal.
Judge or jury will lead.
Has the ability to reverse those outcomes.
And we don't prosecuting convict people who engage in criminal behavior.
We can never -- those young men and women in the face and say we are giving you the type of military that you deserved.
He's got the Defense Secretary giving you the arms -- that you want congressman.
Well obviously secretary -- -- is fairly new to the job.
This conversation started long before that we had meetings with secretary Panetta and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Where we were assured that they were taking these issues seriously and that they were going to be doing more than having policies on paper.
So congresswoman Jackie -- and I have been very forceful in asking for a meeting with secretary hagel in light of these latest revelations.
To get to the bottom of this and to come up with policies that are gonna protect people who were vulnerable and convict people who were engaged in crimes and -- Saturday.
It was said that he is asking -- at the branches of the military to retrain re credentialed.
-- screen of all sexual assault prevention and response personnel and military.
Good first step by -- thinking -- mind.
Well it's a good first -- but.
Jonathan they've had these policies in place for a long time.
And it's one thing to have a policy on paper it's another to send a clear message.
Up and down the chain of command.
That if you allow this conduct -- happen and it's under your watch there will be consequences.
Not just for that people were breaking the law.
And engaging in these crimes.
But for their commanding officers who turn the other way and allow this culture to exist I congressman Bruce Braly Democrat of Iowa thank concerns -- I am I'm sure everybody.
Would thank you for the work that you and your colleagues are doing to bring this to light.
And to make sure that that culture in the military changes thank you so much don't think you.
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