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Nowhere safe to hide: What online harassment is doing to service members and the military

Social media and text messaging are now a way of life for people in the military — they use the services to keep in contact with friends, for recruiting,…

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Military services provide few answers, but many promises on racial disparities

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Top enlisted airman says Air Force will address racial issues, but the service’s history is spotty

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(DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Kelly Simon, U.S. Army)U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Lawrence, right, places a temporary teal ribbon tattoo on a Soldier's hand at the Koele dining facility at Bagram Airfield in Parwan province, Afghanistan, April 2, 2014. The teal ribbon was the symbol of sexual assault survivors and awareness. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Kelly Simon, U.S. Army/Released)

Military sexual assault reform pledge backed by majority of presidential candidates

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AP/Andrew HarnikGen. John Hyten appears before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, for his confirmation hearing to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Gen. Hyten faces concerns about leadership, assault allegations during confirmation hearing

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(DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Kelly Simon, U.S. Army)U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Lawrence, right, places a temporary teal ribbon tattoo on a Soldier's hand at the Koele dining facility at Bagram Airfield in Parwan province, Afghanistan, April 2, 2014. The teal ribbon was the symbol of sexual assault survivors and awareness. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Kelly Simon, U.S. Army/Released)

The darker side of the Pentagon’s sexual assault report

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Paula Coughlin, Board Member, Protect Our Defenders

The Defense Department received more than 5,000 reports of sexual abuse last year,
an increase of 50 percent over 2012. Leaders say the numbers show victims…

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Despite increased reporting of sexual assaults, DoD still struggles to tackle issue

It’s been 23 years since the Tailhook scandal rocked the Navy, and the Pentagon is still struggling to eliminate sexual assaults from the military. The…

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Air Force creating ‘battle rhythm’ to stop sexual assault

The Air Force said it has identified 59 victims at a basic training facility. Thirty-two instructors are among those who have been accused or convicted of committing sexual improprieties with trainees. Senior leaders say they must do more to stop the problem.

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