USAtoday reports-- "A female soldier is groped inside a barracks, another in a base supply room, a third on a shooting range.
A sailor is molested by her defensive-tactics instructor; a female Marine lance corporal is raped by a gunnery sergeant who's also a recruiter.
Two male soldiers, in separate hazing incidents, are wrestled to the ground by fellow GIs and sodomized with a broom handle or plastic bottle.
The cases last year are among thousands detailed in a searing 1,500-page Pentagon report on pervasive sexual abuse in the U.S. military released last week. It estimates a rate of about 500 men and women assaulted each week of 2012.
The scandal is unfolding rapidly in an embarrassingly public manner, each new chapter confirming the report's finding that the abusive culture is endemic. Tuesday night, the Army revealed that Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen, who was responsible for sexual assault prevention at Fort Hood, Texas, is under investigation for allegedly forcing another soldier into prostitution and assaulting two others.
He is the second sexual assault prevention officer in two weeks linked to abuse. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, the chief sexual assault prevention officer for the Air Force, was arrested May 5 after allegedly groping a woman in an Arlington, Va., parking lot.
The pace of the assaults outlined in the Pentagon report — three an hour in 2012 — constitute a crisis of command that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says could undermine the very effectiveness of this country's voluntary military.
Yet despite a greater awareness among the Pentagon's brass, as well as mandatory annual training to snuff out sexual abuse and usher in an era of openness in the military, the problem has only gotten worse.
USA TODAY interviewed lawmakers, social scientists and people who have worked on the sexual assault issue inside the military to determine why the Pentagon hasn't been able to stem this predatory tide. All pointed to two factors — one a new plague, the other as old as the military itself — standing in the way:
• A military culture more coarse toward women in the ranks, the result of stress from a decade of war and the status of women as second-class warriors barred from combat roles. Male recruits are drawn from a society where violence and objectification of women are staple elements of films and video games.
• A military justice system with origins dating to the Revolutionary War that gives commanders of accused troops ultimate power over legal proceedings.
A starting point, experts say, might be the culture producing our soldiers"...
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Food for thought: I couldn’t be more proud of our veterans who had the bravery and courage to speak out against the injustices within the iron walls of our military. How can our country be considered a “World Leader”, if we are grooming a bunch of rapists, thugs and thieves? The Department of Defense needs to do better background checks on our young recruits, clean house from “top down” and completely revamp the military’s “Uniformed Code of “Injustice!”