How sexual assault in the military drains taxpayers
All told, the cost hit $3.6 billion in 2012 alone. As cases and victims' frustration mount, the Pentagon and Congress are slow to act.
According to a study by international researchers at RAND, the repercussions of military sexual assaults cost the U.S. $3.6 billion last year.
That calculation includes medical and mental health services for victims and other "intangible costs." The unpaid work days military sexual assault victims are likely to take off after their ordeal add up to $104.5 million a year alone.
The Pentagon recently said military sexual assaults are up 35% just since 2010. That earned the military a "no tolerance" admonishment from President Barack Obama, but efforts to stop those assaults have been mired in bureaucracy.
The House of Representatives passed a provision that would grant victims protection after coming forward, but it has limped along. The Senate proposed moving sexual assault cases out of the military chain of command and putting military prosecutors in charge instead. That's because the current process often results in retaliation from other military personnel and discourages witnesses or those who know the perpetrator from coming forward.
The original proposal by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., that has 27 co-sponsors, including four Republicans, was swapped out for an amendment by Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., that would keep sexual assault cases inside the chain of command and require a senior military officer to review decisions by commanders who refuse to prosecute rape cases.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said taking the cases outside of the chain of command would "dismantle" the military justice system that "has long been a centerpiece of discipline in our military."
In defeat, Gillibrand summed up nearly 20 years' worth of frustration among military sexual assault victims and their advocates: "The chain of command has told us for decades that they will solve this problem, and they have failed," she said. "We have heard the words 'zero tolerance' for over two decades, starting with Secretary Dick Cheney in 1992."
Meanwhile, the continued foot dragging comes at a cost. The Pentagon notes that 26,000 military personnel were sexually assaulted last year alone.
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