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US military overlooks sex abuse among kids

US military overlooks sex abuse among kids

Strand, a pioneering expert in how the Pentagon addresses sexual assault, estimated that in the Army alone, colleagues passed on opening several hundred cases involving alleged juvenile offenders despite regulations the reports be investigated.

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – A decade after the Pentagon began confronting rape in the ranks, the U.S. military frequently fails to protect or provide justice to the children of service members when they are sexually assaulted by other children on base, an Associated Press investigation has found.

In this Feb. 7, 2018, photo, a cross rests on a bench on the front porch of Leandra Mulla's home in Tabor City, N.C. As a high school freshman in 2014, Mulla told Army investigators her ex-boyfriend dragged her to a secluded area of their base in Germany and sexually assaulted her.

This Feb. 7, 2018, photo, shows Leandra Mulla at her home in Tabor City, N.C. As a high school freshman in 2014, Mulla told Army investigators her ex-boyfriend dragged her to a secluded area of their base in Germany and sexually assaulted her.

An Associated Press investigation found that, a decade after the Pentagon began confronting rape in the ranks, the U.S. military is failing to protect or provide justice for the children of service members when they sexually assault one another on bases in the U.S. and overseas.

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