WASHINGTON -- Despite years of concerted effort, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commandant of the Coast Guard are dissatisfied with progress made in reducing sexual assault in the military, and have released strategic direction to increase the emphasis on combatting the crime.
The chiefs released a "32-star" letter to commanders and leaders, titled "Strategic Direction to the Joint Force on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response." In the past two years, service members have reported 6,350 cases of sexual assault.
During a talk on April 28, Anne Munch, a former attorney and prosecutor who now devotes her time to sexual assault prevention, received a plaque for her work preventing sexual assault within the military, and praised Hill Air Force Base for its continued efforts to fight sexual assault.
"The Air Force is the leading edge of cultural change, you are light-years ahead," said Munch. "You have done more in five years than civilians have done in 50."
Janaee Stone, Installation Sexual Assault Response coordinator, would much rather talk about her victim advocates and the work her office is doing to help victims feel more comfortable in coming forward than any awards that have come her way.