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The Department of Defense says it will soon require sexual assault response coordinators and victims advocates get trained and credentialed.
The move is intended to improve victim care for soldiers who report sexual assaults at Washington’s Joint Base Lewis McChord and other military installations.
But a recent military investigation found that many victims of sexual assault say they don’t report the crime.
Of those that do, more than a third decline to pursue charges against their alleged attackers.
Another new DoD policy gives victims legal assistance to help them navigate the military justice system.
But legal hurdles are only a small part of why some victims back away.
KUOW’s Patricia Murphy has the second part of our series on sexual assault in the military.
: Warning this story contains graphic language about sexual assault:
In 1993 Peter was a 19 year old army infantryman fro...
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