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Sexual Assault Survivors Are Pushing The Military To Have Its #MeToo Moment

The #MeToo movement has swept through industry after industry since it went viral last October, toppling high-profile individuals by exposing their sexual misconduct.

But advocates and survivors say the nation’s largest employer — the U.S. military — has yet to see meaningful reform.

On April 30, the Department of Defense reported a 10 percent rise in sexual assault reports from October 2016 to September 2017, across all branches. The Pentagon attributes the rise to a growing confidence in the military justice system, but some advocates, survivors, and policymakers are skeptical, considering the report also notes that of the 5,110 reports of sexual assault in 2017, just 166 lead to a conviction in 2017.

VICE News spoke with retired Staff Sgt. Merci McKinley about her own experience with sexual assault, as well as Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who has been pushing for legislative reform to the military justice system for years.

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Report: Multiple Failures Led to Niger Attack

The Pentagon said Thursday multiple failures are to blame for the Niger ambush that killed four U.S. service members last October, including insufficient training and preparation as well as lack of proper command approval for the mission. (May 10)

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US Complains To China For Laser Use in Djibouti

The Pentagon says the U.S. has issued a formal complaint to China over the use of lasers near the military base in Djibouti that were directed at aircraft and resulted in minor injuries to two pilots. (May 3)

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Old Planes New Again in Pentagon Budget

An old F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet is being refurbished at a hangar at Boeing’s St. Louis headquarters, the first of many planes that will be sent there as the Pentagon spends the biggest budget in its history. (May 2)

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Pentagon: Strikes ‘Overwhelming and Effective’

The Pentagon says damage assessments are still under way but initial indications show the military objectives were accomplished without material interference from Syria. (April 13)

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Here’s the latest for Friday, April 13th: The Pentagon backs President Trump’s assertion “mission accomplished”; Russia condemned the Syrian airstrikes; VP Pence filling in at Summit of the Americas; Thousands at funeral for Winnie Mandela. (April 14)

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Pentagon: ‘It Was Mission Accomplished’

The Pentagon is backing President Donald Trump’s assertion that the missile strikes on Syria were “Mission Accomplished!” (April 14)

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