May 22nd, 2013
09:58 PM ET

Budget furloughs won't impact military sex assault prevention unit

By Larry Shaughnessy

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey face two crises - an increase in sex assault claims within the military and heavy budget cuts.

But they said on Wednesday that military staffing reductions due to forced budget cuts under sequestration would not impact an initiative aimed at combating sex assault.

Civilians central to the Pentagon's Sexual Assault Prevention Response Program will be exempt from furloughs that are a consequence of spending cuts.

"We have already excepted medical personnel required to handle emergency situations and crisis intervention," Defense Department spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said in a statement.

"This additional exception will ensure responsive victim care and ensure program initiatives recently directed by Secretary Hagel will be implemented swiftly and efficiently," Smith said.

A recent Pentagon study found that even as the number of troops in uniform decreases, cases of sex assault in the military have increased in recent years.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. ChickenFoot

    Here's a Soldier's take on it:

    http://www.examiner.com/article/nearly-53-000-uniformed-service-members-on-furlough-victims-of-20-pay-cut

    May 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  2. JohnParryJones

    A prevention unit sounds good, but it won't do much. Mix 19 year old boys and girls...away from home...and things happen. Many times with drugs too. When I was in the Army (long ago) I seldom if ever came into contact with female service personnel so there was no temptation. My temptation was when off duty or on leave...local girls. But the local girls who made themselves available to service personnel did so of their own free will. Developed some good friendships and some loves along the way, stateside and overseas.

    May 27, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  3. V.P. Naive

    They should consult with Hugh Hefner.

    May 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  4. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Budget furloughs won't impact
    IRS assault on the Tea Party.

    WE
    Know what WE need to focus on.

    May 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  5. usamericans

    why cant i post ?

    May 23, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Reply
    • usamericans

      Its Obamas fault for repealing dont ask dont tell

      May 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Reply
      • Larry L

        I suspect your posts are being rejected by the special filter CNN uses to block moronic, bigoted and childish comments. They need to use it more.

        May 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
  6. I Guess They Can No Take Paid Vacation

    I guess these individuals can not take paid vacation (Leave with Pay) since they can not be out one day a week from the office due to their importance. If they can take vacation they can be furloughed (Leave Without Pay) for one day a week like the rest of us DoD employees.

    May 23, 2013 at 10:39 am | Reply
  7. Managing the decline of America

    How interesting to see there's not enough money for F 22s or F 35s, but plenty of money to pay political commissar thought police to overwatch the integration of females into infantry platoons.

    May 23, 2013 at 9:07 am | Reply
    • BigShiz

      You are a terable human being.

      May 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Reply

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