At least 24 kid-on-kid sex assault cases on bases in Georgia

By The Associated Press
Posted 6:43AM on Tuesday 13th March 2018 ( 9 months ago )
A decade after the Pentagon began confronting rape in the ranks, the U.S. military frequently fails to provide justice to the children of service members when they are sexually assaulted by other kids on base. 
An Associated Press investigation finds that sex assault cases occurring where military kids live and learn often die on the desks of prosecutors. Criminal investigators shelved an unknown number of reports. 
Instead of punishment or rehabilitation, offenders may be shuffled into the civilian world. 
The Pentagon doesn't know the extent of the problem. On three Army bases in Georgia, records the military acknowledge are incomplete show at least 24 sex assault cases among children or teens since 2007. Fort Benning had 18 cases, Fort Stewart five and Fort Gordon one. 
Pentagon officials promised ``appropriate actions.''
In this Jan. 24, 2018, photo, former Army criminal investigator Russell Strand poses for a photo in New York. Strand, a pioneering expert in how the Pentagon addresses sexual assault, estimated that in the Army alone, colleagues passed on opening several hundred cases involving alleged juvenile offenders despite regulations the reports be investigated. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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