The allegations come as the military is under fire for the rape of a 14-year-old Japanese girl. A US marine has been arrested in that case. Last March, the Department of Defense issued a study stating that reports of sexual assaults in the military increased by 24 percent during 2006. According to the Associated Press, the Pentagon attributes the increase to better education about sexual assault within the military leading to increased reporting of crimes.
Christine Hansen, the director of the Miles Foundation, a non-profit group that offers support to victims of assault committed by members of the military, told NPR after the release of the 2006 report last year that assault goes unreported to the Department of Defense by women, especially soldiers, because they are "desperately trying to maintain their career in the military." She says that the general response of military officials is to send letters reprimanding the assailants and not to court martial them.
Media Resources: Associated Press 02/12/08 and 03/21/07; Times Record News 02/11/08; NPR 10/04/07; Department of Defense Sexual Assault Report for 2005 03/16/06; BBC 02/12/08
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .