Sexual Assault

Amber Davila left the Army after she was sexually assaulted by a fellow soldier. A new study found  sexual assault doubles the odds that a service member will leave the military within 28 months.
Courtesy Amber Devila

The RAND Corporation study concluded that the cost of sexual assault and harassment extends beyond the victims. It's also causing troops to leave the service, hurting military readiness.

Harmony Allen as photographed by police after she reported a 2000 rape on Sheppard Air Force Base. Her assailant was convicted, then released from prison because a 'gray area' in the law.
Wichita Falls, Texas Police Department

Because of a legal loophole, victims of sexual assaults between 1986 and 2006 can no longer press charges, and some troops who were convicted of rape have been released from prison.

Josey Garcia, Pharaoh Clark, and Jourdyn Parks hold a banner as they march through San Antonio in July, shortly after Vanessa Guillen's body was found near Fort Hood.
Jolene Almendarez / American Homefront

Following Guillen's killing, the Army launched an independent investigation into the climate of Fort Hood, but critics say the problems are systemic.

Accompanied by members of Vanessa Guillen's family, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Cal.) unveils legislation to reform the military's response to sexual harassment and assault.
Rep. Jackie Speier

The newly introduced bill would make sexual harassment a crime under military law. The measure is a response to the killing of Fort Hood Army soldier Vanessa Guillen this summer.