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News Coverage Roundup – New Report Highlights Retaliation Against Military Sexual Assault Survivors

On May 18, at a press conference in Washington, D.C., Human Rights Watch and Protect Our Defenders released a report that found US military service members that report sexual assault, frequently experience retaliation that goes unpunished.

According to USA Today“Punishment for those who retaliate, however, appears to be a rarity. Since 2012, the Pentagon inspector general, one of the military’s main offices to investigate the offenses, has closed two cases without substantiating the charges. It has three open cases, according to Bridget Serchak, a spokeswoman for the inspector general.” Read more here.

Complete Coverage

Air Force Times: Report: Retaliation against sex assault victims rampant

Air Force Times: Lt. col. says speaking up about assault hurt her career

All Gov: Victims of Military Sexual Assault much more Likely to Face Retaliation than Accused are to Face Conviction

Baltimore City Paper: Wandering Eye: The right way to report on sexual assault, an update on SWAT culture, and more

Benchmark Reporter: Survivors of Military Sexual Assault Has Higher Chance of Facing Retaliation Then the Perpetrators

Business Insider: Punishing the victim is alarmingly common in US military sexual assault cases

Bustle: Sexual Assault Victims In The Military Face Retaliation Far More Often Than They See Justice

Christian Scinece Monitor: Military sexual assault: Can retaliation against victims be stopped? (+video)

Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s Office: Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s Statement on the Human Rights Watch Report Detailing Retaliation Against Military Sexual Assault Survivors

[VIDEO] C-SPAN: Military Sexual Assault Report

Daily Mail: Navy vet, 23, who claims she was raped by a fellow officer reveals how she was called a ‘b**** and a wh***’ and was forced to abandon her dream career

Daily Mail: Retaliation hurts U.S. military bid to curb sexual assault -report

Daily News: Military members who report sexual assault more likely to face retaliation than seeing attacker get convicted: report

FiveThirtyEight: New Study Details The Risks Of Reporting Sexual Assault In The Military

Fusion: The military’s sexual assault victims get more retaliation than justice, report says

HuffPost Live: Senator Gillibrand & Writer Beau Willimon LIVE

International Buisness Times: Sexual Harassment Victims Who Complain Face Retaliation In US Military, Says Report

Jezebel: Report: Military Sexual Assault Survivors Not Protected from Retaliation Report Says Troops Who Report Sexual Assault Face Retaliation

NBC 4 Washington: 62 Percent of Military Sex Assault Reports Result in Retaliation

New York Daily News: U.S. Navy veteran details retaliation she faced after reporting sex assault: ‘They would call out ‘b—h”

New York Times Opinion:

NewsMax: Report: Military Sex Assault Victims Fear Revenge for Reporting

PanAm Post: Retaliation Silences Sexual-Assault Victims in US Armed Forces

PBS: Frontline: How the Military Retaliates Against Sexual Assault Victims

Reuters: Retaliation hurts U.S. military bid to curb sexual assault – report

RH Reality Check: Report: U.S. Military Sexual Assault Victims Threatened With Violence, ‘Friendly Fire’

RIA Novosti: US Military Members Reporting Sex Assault Face Retaliation, Not Justice

Salon: The U.S. military, where sexism runs rampant: 5 things you need to know about female servicemembers this Memorial Day

Salon: “I wanted a discharge before I ended up dead”: Military victims of sexual violence fear for their lives while rapists walk free

San Antonio Express News: Airman paid high price after reporting sexual assault

Stars and Stripes: Report: Most military sexual assault victims still face retaliation

The Baltimore Sun: Troops who report sexual assault face retaliation

The Gaurdian: I’ve been quiet long enough’: new report details consequences of alleging sexual assault in military

The Hill: Gillibrand vows to add sexual assault proposal to defense bill

The Independent: US military members who report sexual assault often face retaliation, report finds

The Washington Times: Retaliation for reporting sexual assaults rampant in military: Report

UPI: Military personnel who report sexual assaults undergo retaliation

USA Today: Insults to injury: Military sexual-assault victims endure retaliation

USA Today/ Channel 10 News: Military sexual-assault victims endure retaliation

Voice of America: Report Says Military Sexual Assault Victims Face Retaliation if they Report

Wall Street Journal: Pentagon Faulted in Assault Cases: Human Rights Watch finds reprisals common after reporting a sexual assault

WOAI: Report–In the Military, Whistleblowers are Punished

Yahoo News: Retaliation hurts military bid to curb sexual assault: report