Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA) and Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) yesterday sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley requesting that the Air Force brief the members of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus on their response to the Lackland Air Force Base scandal involving rape and multiple accounts of sexual assault. The letter is below.
"The gross misconduct and criminal behavior that took place at Lackland Air Force Base is exactly why our efforts to address the alarming incidence of sexual assault in the military are so important," said Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. "While we have made progress over the past several years to better protect victims, to hold perpetrators accountable, and to work to prevent these acts from taking place in the first place, these appalling incidents demonstrate the seriousness of this problem in the military and that we still have a long way to go."
"Sexual assault has tremendous detrimental effects on both the victim and the unit. Its presence impacts readiness and morale while degrading the reputation of the Servicemembers that defend our nation. Over the past several years I have worked diligently with my colleagues like Congresswoman Tsongas on the House Armed Services Committee to implement laws to prevent sexual assault and protect the Servicemembers victimized by this violent crime," said Congressman Mike Turner.
"Congressman Mike Turner and I established the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus earlier this year so that Congress has a dedicated and bipartisan group of members committed to overseeing the military's efforts to deal with this unacceptable number of military sexual assaults," added Tsongas. "It is important that members of Congress have an opportunity to hear directly from the Air Force as this investigation proceeds on how it is handling these egregious incidents and how the victims are being cared for."