14 May '18, 10pm

Mattis Pledges Action on Sex Assaults Among Children, Teens on Bases

Mattis Pledges Action on Sex Assaults Among Children, Teens on Bases

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis expressed alarm last week at reports of failures to address a growing problem of sexual assaults on military bases among dependent children and teens . "That, to me, is something that must be rooted out. It's important we stand up and say what we stand for. On this one, it's even more important we say what we will not tolerate," he said at a Senate Defense Appropriations subcommittee hearing last Wednesday. Mattis made the comments in an exchange with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, who cited a March investigation by The Associated Press that found nearly 600 cases since 2007 in which dependent children were sexually assaulted by other children on military installations and in Department of Defense Education Activity schools. Murray said that more than 30 of the nearly 600 cases were in her home state of Washington "and just recently, the Army...

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