Thirteen months after then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta initiated a slew of changes to military rules designed to combat sexual assault in the ranks, a string of high-profile cases show that a culture of sexual violence still infects all branches of the armed forces.
The Army announced Tuesday night that it is investigating a sergeant first class stationed at Fort Hood. The service member is assigned to the sexual assault response and prevention office and is accused for sexual assault and other charges, including allegedly forcing a subordinate into prostitution. The allegations were revealed barely a week after an Air Force officer in charge of that branch’s sexual assault prevention program was arrested for sexual battery. They also come on the heels of reports of abuse by military recruiters and light sentences for officers convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault at Lackland Air Force Base.