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Many soldiers fail to grasp US Army sex assault problem: Chief of staff

Published on Jun 11, 2013 8:52 AM
 
 In this photo taken April 23, 2013, Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno is seen during testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington. General Ray Odierno told a gathering of officials in the Army's Sexual Harassment, Assault Response and Prevention programme that when he travels to different bases and speaks to smaller units, he finds too many sergeants, lieutenants and captains who say they do not have a sex assault problem. -- FILE PHOTO : AP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US Army is failing to deal with sexual assault in its ranks because too many soldiers in positions of authority do not think there is a problem, the Army chief of staff told a summit of leaders called to address the issue.

General Ray Odierno told a gathering of officials in the Army's Sexual Harassment, Assault Response and Prevention programme that when he travels to different bases and speaks to smaller units, he finds too many sergeants, lieutenants and captains who say they do not have a sex assault problem.

"That's baloney," he said. "That's the problem. We're not seeing ourselves."

Some think because they are in an all-male unit, they don't have a sexual assault problem, Gen Odierno said.

 
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