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Training fails to halt US military’s sexual assault crisis

Reuters, WASHINGTON

The treatment of victims often leaves a lot to be desired, Welsh said.

One story that Welsh says hit him “like a tonne of bricks” was that of a service member who had been raped in another country. When she went to a base hospital for testing, a technician came out to the waiting room and said in a loud voice, “OK, now who was the sexual assault victim?”

The US Air Force started a program in January in which victims are assigned an attorney to guide them through the process and keep them from having to go over their testimony repeatedly.

Welsh said early statistics on the program show the percentage of people willing to proceed with prosecutions is up substantially.

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