At least 6 sex assaults by children reported on Hawaii bases
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At least 6 sex assaults by children reported on Hawaii bases

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / DEC. 2014

    Marine Corps Base Hawaii near the mess hall. In Hawaii, AP documented at least six cases of child-on-child sexual assault on Marines or Navy bases since 2007.

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Military often fails young sex assault victims on bases

A decade after the Pentagon began confronting rape in the ranks, the U.S. military frequently fails to provide justice to the children of service members when they are sexually assaulted by other kids on base.

An Associated Press investigation finds that sex assault cases occurring where military kids live and learn often die on the desks of prosecutors. Criminal investigators shelved an unknown number of reports.

Instead of punishment or rehabilitation, young offenders may be shuffled into the civilian world.

In Hawaii, the AP documented at least six cases on Marines or Navy bases since 2007. The Army disclosed no reports at Schofield Barracks, Oahu’s most populous base. The Pentagon doesn’t know the extent of the problem, and the Army acknowledged records it provided are incomplete.

Pentagon officials promised “appropriate actions.”

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