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Army Soldiers Tasked with Preventing Sexual Assault Are Instead Charged with Rape

HeadlineOct 20, 2017

The U.S. Army is again facing scrutiny over sexual assault and harassment, after The Washington Post reported that a number of the troops and Army prosecutors tasked with preventing sexual assault have themselves been charged with rape in recent months. In September, Army prosecutor Scott Hockenberry, who is responsible for investigating sexual assault in the military, was charged with raping a woman twice, hitting her in the face and pressing a knife against her neck. Earlier this year, another soldier certified by the Army as a sexual-assault prevention officer was convicted in a military court of repeatedly raping a 12-year-old girl. The U.S. Army told The Washington Post that over the last year it has launched sexual assault investigations against eight other soldiers or civilians tasked with deterring or investigating sexual assault inside the Army.

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