There have been many days after her brutal sexual assault when former Coast Guard seaman Kori Cioca wishes she could die — when the only thing that keeps her tethered to this world are her 5-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son.”I’m disgusted by my own body,” she confessed, “and I want out of this body so bad sometimes.”
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BY THE NUMBERS
Here’s a look at sexual assault within U.S. military ranks.
Estimated total number of sexual assault cases in 2012
Estimated total number of cases in 2011
Actual number of reported cases in 2012
Actual number of reported cases in 2011
Actual number of reported cases in the Air Force in 2012
Actual number of reported cases in the Air Force in 2011
A Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office report released this year showed:
of active-duty female respondents perceived retaliation for reporting unwanted sexual contact.
felt uncomfortable making a report.
believed nothing would be done with their report.
indicated fear of retaliation as a reason not to report
Sources: Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, U.S. Air Force, Office of U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, The New York Times
Congress has introduced a flurry of amendments to address sexual assault within the ranks.
Here’s a look at some of the legislation:
U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and U.S. Rep. Nikki Tsongas, D-Mass., have introduced bipartisan legislation that mandates offenders receive a minimum two-year sentence upon conviction and dismissal or a dishonorable discharge. Today, no minimum sentence is mandated, said Turner, a former Air Force officer.
The legislation also would remove a military leader, or convening authority’s right to overturn the guilty verdict of a convicted offender in a court martial trial and provide in writing reasons for any modifications to a sentence.
Other legislation includes:
The Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act, or STOP Act, would remove reporting sexual assault outside the chain of command and put jurisdiction in an autonomous Sexual Assault Oversight and Response Office of military and civilian experts.
The Track It to Prevent It Act would require the Inspector General to assess “command climate,” conduct monthly health and welfare inspections, and review security of military barracks and family housing, among other measures.
A “whistleblower protection” act would give service members protections from recriminations after reporting a military sexual assault.
Other provisions would require an expedited decision on a transfer request of an assault victim, eliminating a five-year statute of limitations for a court-martial trial for sex-related crimes, and temporary reassignment or removal of service members accused of sexual assault.
Legislation would prohibit the consideration of a character defense for either the accused or the victim if the information was not considered at trial.
A “no-tolerance” act would impose punitive action on service members such as recruiters found to have an inappropriate relationship with prospective recruits.
Since the murder of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach of Vandalia in 2007, the Dayton Daily News has been investigating sexual assault in the armed services. For this story, the newspaper examined military reports, interviewed people on each side of the issue and attempted to answer the questions as to whether the proposed changes will address the problems.