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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?
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.
Trust is a critical factor in the relationship between federal managers and employees. Without it, whistleblowers are retaliated against; minor Hatch Act violations receive severe punishments; and unsuitable employees are given security clearances. In our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, Federal News Radio explores what a lack of trust has created in government and what it will take to restore it.
Four senators have introduced a bill to extend to members of the military the same whistleblower protections enjoyed by civilian agency employees. The bipartisan bill already has gained the support of one advocacy group -- the Government Accountability Project.
The Air Force has pulled a brochure circulated at a South Carolina base after a lawmaker complained about some objectionable advice to sexual assault victims.