Fighting Sexual Assault is the Army's Number One Priority–At Least for Today

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According to a new Pentagon report, the rate of unwanted sexual contact in the Army rose dramatically between 2011 and 2012. Almost every soldier who wears two or more stars attended the Army's sixth annual Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention summit today to support the fight against sexual assault as the Army's number one priority. Taking place at Joint Base Andrews, MD., summit sessions included emotional talks by service-members who had experienced sexual assault in the Army.

Hauntingly, Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told the media, “There’s no unit who doesn’t have a problem. There’s a predator, probably, in almost every unit of some size.”

Changes to address the issue include increasingly comprehensive background checks for recruiters and trainers and over 900 new sexual assault response coordinators–as well as the controversial possibility of creating a red flag system.

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