Air Force scandal prompts changes at training base
Rice also announced a new Military Training Oversight Council to make sure reforms are implemented and maintained. The Air Force will also provide additional training for trainees and instructors on sexual assault and inappropriate relationships within the military.
Protect Our Defenders, an advocacy group for military personnel who have been sexually assaulted, welcomed the report, but called for congressional action in addition to the reforms announced Wednesday.
"The reforms proposed will not fix the systemic cultural and legal biases that preclude justice for victims of military sexual assault," said Nancy Parrish, president of the group. "And the issues confronting the challenges of reporting a rape or assault need more examination."
Woodward made 46 recommendations for how to improve Air Force basic training to prevent future abuse. Rice said the command has already instituted 13 and is on track to implement all but one by August 2013.
"Sexual attraction, power, and money are three of the most corruptive elements of the human condition, and two of these three are present in the basic military training environment," Rice wrote in a letter to the secretary of Air Force released Wednesday. "If we do not take steps to address these corruptive elements persistently and positively, we will find ourselves in the same situation at some point down the road."
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