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May 7th, 2013
06:01 PM ET

Sexual assaults in the military increase

A report released Tuesday shows that military sexual assault cases increased 6% in 2012 from the year before.

Both Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and President Obama reacted with outrage and calls for new initiatives aimed at tackling sexual violence within the ranks of our military.

“If we find out somebody is engaging in this stuff they are going to be held accountable. Prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged. Period,” said the President Tuesday.

In an alarming example of the degree to which this problem has infiltrated the military – an Air Force officer who leads the branch’s own sex assault prevention unit is facing charges of misconduct.

41-year-old Jeffrey Krusinski is accused of groping a woman in an Arlington parking lot.

Krusinski has been removed from duty while the incident is investigated.

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