On the Radar
At a time when sexual assault in the military is at an all-time high – with more than 5,000 reported incidents last year – Chuck Hagel says that fixing the problem is one of his highest priorities as defense secretary.
“If we can't protect our own people, then we're going to have a problem,” Hagel said. “We owe it to each other; it is accountability; it is a responsibility of all leaders at every level to deal with this.”
Hagel took “On the Radar” along for a visit to Naval Station Great Lakes, home of the Navy’s only boot camp that trains over 40,000 recruits annually. We got an exclusive look at classes that are teaching new recruits how to recognize, deal with and prevent sexual assault. But Hagel has acknowledged tackling the problem will be a long road.
“We're not where we need to be yet. We will get there,” he said. “I've made it as high a priority as there is. I meet with all our sexual assault prevention office people once a week for an hour.”
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