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May 29, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Sexual assault in the military

Task force is necessary

A Northwest Voices letter in regard to the article “End the culture of silence about sexual assaults in the military” stated that a task force is unnecessary and that the reason for sexual assault in the military is due to a lack of leadership [“Task force is unnecessary,” Northwest Voices, May 23].

I agree with this latter point; there is no excuse for sexual assault to continue in the military and society at large. Leadership should have addressed this long ago.

The writer calls for tough decisions to be made, but closes by saying that we don’t need a group of experts to tell us these truths. Clearly we do because leadership has failed and will continue to fail until someone or something makes protecting the men and women who serve our country a priority.

What is currently driving leaders to action? Sexual assault and harassment have been rising in the military since it was brought to the public’s attention more than 20 years ago. Clearly “bad publicity” is not enough of a deterrent to change the culture. It’s sad that we need a group of experts to lay out a plan to stop sexual abuse in the military.

Theressa Kennedy, Seattle

Comments | Topics: military, sexual assault, task force

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