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Pentagon study reveals sharp increase in military sexual assault

The Pentagon released a study on Tuesday estimating that 26,000 military service members were sexually assaulted in 2012, up from an estimated 19,000 the previous year.

The report comes only days after Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, chief of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response branch at the Pentagon, was arrested and charged with sexual battery in Virginia, an incident that has, once again, brought a military culture plagued by rampant sexual violence and failures of accountability from military leadership into stark relief.

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