One in 10 surveyed women in the Marines reported being assaulted, twice the rate of either the Army or the Air Force. McSally, an Air Force veteran and the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, revealed at a hearing in March that she had been raped by a senior officer early in her career. Paula Coughlin is a former lieutenant in the Navy who now serves on the board of directors of Protect Our Defenders, an organization dedicated to ending the epidemic of sexual assault in the military.
Congress could intervene in legal cases on behalf of military members who have been sexually assaulted under a new bill co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Rep. Topics US military. War Is Not a Game, , n. The Senate also would grant a request by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to make sexual harassment a separate punitive article under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and would require additional training for commanders rank O-6 and above on reviewing reports and prosecuting sexual assault, harassment and domestic violence cases. The 65 reports represent an increase from the 41 reports made in APY