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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. Continue reading