Pentagon sexual misconduct on the rise, Defense watchdog says

Pentagon sexual misconduct on the rise, Defense watchdog says
Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:49:48

The US Department of Defense has revealed that allegations of sexual misconduct against top Pentagon officials has risen by over 10 percent in the last two years.

That’s according to a report by the Pentagon inspector general who found that misconduct allegations against senior officials rose by 13 percent, from 710 in the fiscal year (FY) 2015 to 803 last year.

“There was a 13 percent increase in complaints alleging misconduct by senior officials from FY 2015 to FY 2017 (710 to 803),” the report states. “The most common allegations involved personal misconduct including improper relationships, improper personnel actions, misuse of government resources, and travel violations.”

Examples include an army major general who allegedly used a government travel card at South Korean and Italian strip clubs, and an air force lieutenant that “engaged in an unprofessional relationship with a married colonel.”

The report concluded that "ensuring ethical conduct throughout the DoD is a critical and continual responsibility for DoD leaders" and will be one of the top 10 "management and performance"challenges for the Defense Department next year.

The report’s findings mirror recent events in Hollywood, which has been reeling from a raft of sexual abuse, assault and harassment claims centering around former producer Harvey Weinstein

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