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Despite increased reporting of sexual assaults, DoD still struggles to tackle issue

It's been 23 years since the Tailhook scandal rocked the Navy, and the Pentagon is still struggling to eliminate sexual assaults from the military. The number of reported cases is on the rise, but is counting cases alone solving the problem?

Tags: Paula Coughlin , Max Maxwell , jag , DoD , Army , Navy , sexual assaults , workforce , Federal Drive , Trust Redefined , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 09:29am EDT

Paula Coughlin, Board Member, Protect Our Defenders

The Defense Department received more than 5,000 reports of sexual abuse last year, an increase of 50 percent over 2012. Leaders say the numbers show victims have more faith that the military will take their cases seriously. Not everyone is so optimistic. In our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, Tom and Emily spoke with Paula Coughlin on Federal Drive. She blew the whistle on the Navy's Tailhook scandal in the 1990s. Today she is a board member of the victims advocacy group Protect Our Defenders.

Tags: Paula Coughlin , DoD , sexual assaults , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 01:50pm EDT

Air Force creating 'battle rhythm' to stop sexual assault

The Air Force said it has identified 59 victims at a basic training facility. Thirty-two instructors are among those who have been accused or convicted of committing sexual improprieties with trainees. Senior leaders say they must do more to stop the problem.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Edward Rice , sexual assault , workforce , Mark Welsh , Jennifer Norris , Jared Serbu , House Armed Services Committee , Congress , House

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 06:38am EST