Navy sex-assault program gives victims a voice

Incidents down, reports up From Florida Times-Union The prevalence and prosecution of sexual assault was one of the major non-combat stories in the U.S. military in 2014. From generals to privates, […]

Incidents down, reports up

From Florida Times-Union

The prevalence and prosecution of sexual assault was one of the major non-combat stories in the U.S. military in 2014.

From generals to privates, from Air Force bases to submarines, stories of offenders’ actions made headlines.

Sometimes lost in the sensational headlines and court cases are the victims, one reason Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered all services to create special counselors to represent their interests in 2013.

The Navy’s Victim Legal Counsel (VLC) program, headed by Mayport’s Capt. Karen Fischer-Anderson, became fully operational on Jan. 1, 2014. Since that time, the office has seen 980 alleged victims of sexual assault.

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