Wednesday, August 7, 2013

 

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Obama: Sexual assault 'undermines' the military.



President Obama decried military sexual assaults on Wednesday, using his first public remarks on the issue in months to make clear that, as commander-in-chief, he is committed to combating the issue.

"I want you to hear it directly from me, the commander-in-chief: it undermines what this military stands for and it undermines what the Marine Corps stands for when sexual assault occurs within our units," Obama said at Camp Pendleton, near San Diego.

"And that's why we are going to work together — all of us — to stop these crimes of sexual assault to uphold the honor and the integrity that defines the finest military on Earth," he said. "And that message is coming all the way from the top."

It was the first time Obama spoke about military sexual assault since May, when he called it an "outrage" that must be combated.


"When you engage in this kind of behavior that's not patriotic — it's a crime," he said at a press conference then.

Those who commit sexual assaults in the military need to "prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged.

Period. It's not acceptable," he added.

Those comments have since created problems, as military defense attorneys have argued that Obama exerted "unlawful command influence" in speaking out on how those in the military convicted of sexual assaults should be treated.

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