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Obama says sexual assault undermines U.S. military

Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 00:58

Aug. 7 - U.S. President Barack Obama in an address at Camp Pendleton said sexual assault undermines the U.S. military. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama headed to Camp Pendleton in California where he said that sexual assault undermines the U.S. military. "I want you to hear it directly from me the Commander-in-Chief, it undermines what this military stands for, and it undermines what the Marine Corp stands for when sexual assault takes place in our units," he said. On August 2nd, 60 people were removed from jobs as military recruiters, drill instructors and victims counselors as a result of screenings ordered following a jump in the number of sexual assault in the U.S. armed forces. The Army said 55 people had been suspended from their positions since screenings ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel began last month. The screenings are continuing, with the service hoping to complete 20,000 by October 1, a spokesman said. The Navy said it had screened more than 10,000 recruiters, drill instructors and personnel responsible for assisting sexual assault victims and had removed five people from their positions. Hagel ordered the military in May to redouble its efforts to ensure that every service member "clearly understands" they are responsible for fostering a climate where sexual assault is not tolerated. The services ordered a rescreening of people in sensitive jobs to ensure they had proper credentials. The move came a week after the Pentagon issued an annual report showing a 37 percent jump in cases of unwanted sexual contact in the military.

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Obama says sexual assault undermines U.S. military

Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 00:58