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Military leaders meet to address sexual assault problem

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Leaders of every military branch are working with Congress to curb a growing problem in the armed services.
Sexual assaults have become an epidemic in the armed forces.

Leaders from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard went before a senate panel today to find solutions.
The Pentagon estimates there were 26 thousand cases of sexual assault last year. But only about 3,400 were actually reported.
It's a dismal record.

"I know, I'm just saying to you we didn't get to this point by being stupid, we actually got to this point because we were trying to do the right thing.  

"After speaking to victims they have told us that the reason they do not report these crimes is because they fear retaliation. More than half say they think nothing is going to be done. Of the victims who actually did report 62% said they actually did receive some retaliation."

A new bill making it's way through the house would make dismissal the minimum punishment for anyone convicted of sexual assault.