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The Senate has ordered an independent evaluation of how the Defense Dept. deals with child sexual violence on military bases . This follows an Associated Press investigation which exposed multiple failures, in instances with underage victims and assailants .
The US Armed Forces have attempted to come to terms with the rape of female soldiers for the past 10 years. But reports of rape and sexual assault among children on base often die a slow death, under mountains of paperwork and red tape. Some are deliberately buried.
The Defense Dept. does not, it seems, even track such reports for statistical purposes. The Associated Press, however, managed to uncover nearly 600 cases between 2007-2018.
As in the world at large, these rapes and assaults occur at home, in school, on playgrounds, at food courts, and in public bathrooms.
Although tens of thousands of children live on military bases while their parents serve this country, the Dept. of Justice is not properly equipped to address cases involving minors. So it studiously ignores them. Only 1 in 7 cases is ever prosecuted. Underage assailants receive neither treatment nor punishment. Victims are denied so much as a hearing.
Military child abuse experts do exist. However, their focus is on parents and caregivers.
 Washington Post (Associated Press), “Senate orders Pentagon to review child-on-child sex abuse” by Justin Pritchard and Reese Dunklin, 5/25/18, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/senate-orders-pentagon-to-review-child-on-child-sex-abuse/2018/05/25/99c43442-6072-11e8-b656-236c6214ef01_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.04a5a229cd98.
 PBS (Associated Press), “US military fails to protect children from sexual abuse on bases, AP reports” by Justin Pritchard and David Rising, et al, 3/13/18, https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/u-s-military-fails-to-protect-children-from-sexual-abuse-on-bases-ap-reports.
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