Obama gives military a year to crack down on sexual assaults

Townhall.com Staff
Posted: Dec 20, 2013 11:57 AM
President Obama Friday called on military leaders to launch a "full-scale review" of sexual assaults in the armed forces, telling officials he would press forward with reforms if not satisfied with their progress. "Today, I instructed Secretary [Chuck] Hagel and Chairman [Martin] Dempsey to continue their efforts to make substantial improvements with respect to sexual assault prevention and response, including to the military justice system," Obama said. "I have also directed that they report back to me, with a full-scale review of their progress, by Dec. 1, 2014," he added. "If I do not see the kind of progress I expect, then we will consider additional reforms that may be required to eliminate this crime from our military ranks and protect our brave service members who stand guard for us every day at home and around the world."