Faced with the oversight of a new independent panel, the military has announced a plan to combat sexual assault in the ranks. Such attacks were up 37 percent in 2012, according to the Pentagon’s own information.
On Wednesday, a Senate Armed Services subcommittee held a hearing to discuss rape and sexual assault in the military, the first one in nearly a decade. During the hearing, military lawyers answered questions about how the armed services handle such cases. But their answers left Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand “extremely disturbed.”