jump to example.com
newsletter linked in

Tim Kaine: Stakes are ‘enormously high’ for Air Force to address sexual assault

kaine new2U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a member of the Armed Services Committee, pressed top United States Air Force officials in a hearing today on the issue of sexual assault in the military including the arrest of Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, chief of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response branch, on charges of sexual battery in Arlington.  In his questioning, Kaine expressed his concern over the signal these news accounts send to current and future servicemembers, noting his recent visit with female cadets at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton.

“I just worry about the effects of this,” Kaine told Secretary of the Air Force, Michael Donley and Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Mark Walsh. “There are all sorts of today effects of this event when someone is charged – particularly when a person overseeing a program to deal with victims of sexual assault is in fact, charged. But I worry as much about the tomorrow effects. I worry about the tomorrow effects on women who are thinking of making military careers. …  I also worry about those women in the program who don’t commission but go into the civilian world, maybe with more of a concern that if this happens at the top echelon of the military leadership then it can happen in the civilian world as well.”

“The stakes on this one are enormously high,” Kaine continued. “ We need to worry about the morale of tomorrow’s military leaders and in that context I’m quite concerned.”

The Pentagon is expected to release a report today that an estimated 26,000 sexual assault offensesare committed each year and that there has been a 6 percent increase in reported sexual assaults involving a servicemember as either a victim or an offender in the last year. Of sexual assault incidents, one in six are officially reported and only one in ten reported cases proceed to trial.

“Sexual assault reports to DOD authorities involving servicemembers as either a victim or offender increased by six percent, from 3,192 reports in FY11 to 3,374 reports in FY12,” the Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of Active Duty Members shows. “…Compared to 2010 results, the 2012 survey showed the prevalence of unwanted sexual contact increased for active duty women and remain unchanged for active duty men, and men and women in the Reserves. For active duty women, past-year prevalence of unwanted sexual contact increased significantly, from 4.4 percent in 2010 (19,300) to 6.1 percent in 2012 (26,000).”

During his questioning, Kaine noted one inspiration for his comments was a recent visit to Staunton where he met with cadets at the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin College.

“Last week we were in a recess and I often go to places that touch upon our Armed Services – VA hospitals, bases, military contractors, ROTC programs. I was at an interesting one last week. Mary Baldwin College is a women’s college in Staunton that has a nearly 100-member women’s institute for leadership with a commissioning rate that’s higher than most of the six senior military colleges designated in Title X. One of the young ladies was asking me a question and said ‘Do you think the military’s decision to remove barriers to combat service might have a broader effect on women’s opportunities in the civilian world,’” Kaine noted, before expressing his hope that all service branches will address issues of sexual assault swiftly to send a message to women entering civilian and military life that these types of incidents will not be tolerated.

The Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton is the only all-female cadet corps in the world and has a 57 percent commissioning rate.

Discussion
 
Top Stories
a

Busy December at the Waynesboro YMCA

A look at the busy schedule of events at the Waynesboro YMCA in December 2016.

Viewpoints: Meet new Fishburne superintendent Mark Black

Navy Captain Mark E. Black was named the 12th Superintendent at Fishburne Military School this summer. Black joins Viewpoints to talk about private school education.

Busy December highlighting Christmas, holidays at the Wayne Theatre

Big band hits, a Christmas home tour, and series of holiday-themed concerts and classic movies make up the schedule in December at the Wayne Theatre.

American Shakespeare Center gears up for the holidays

The American Shakespeare Center is gearing up for its annual Holiday Season with festive, funny, and heartwarming performances.

Boy Scouts of America to honor local volunteer Harold Cook

The Boy Scouts of America will present Harold Cook, past plant manager of Hershey Chocolate of Virginia, the second annual Distinguished Citizen Award.

 
Recent News

Recent Sports

Recent Politics

Recent Business

Viewpoints
 
Hosts Chris Graham and Crystal Graham of Augusta Free Press highlight local news and newsmakers with an emphasis on the Shenandoah Valley on Viewpoints on WVPT.

Join the conversation on WVPT's Facebook page.

Chris Graham is the editor of Augusta Free Press, ESPN3 baseball broadcaster and the author of five books. Crystal Graham is the award-winning former host of WVPT’s Virginia Tonight.

Show airs Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m.

Want to see what's coming up on Viewpoints? Click here.

Missed a show? Watch OnDemand and on our YouTube channel.

Past shows are also available via the PBS app wherever it is available (iOS, Xbox, Roku, Android, etc). Videos will be found more easily if you localize the app and select WVPT as your local PBS station.

AFP Business

Your One-Stop Media Shop

Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including web design, magazine/brochure, TV/radio, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation.
 

Advertise

Get information on readership and advertising online with us.


AFP Classes

Augusta Free Press offers a series of hour-long classes on website design, marketing strategy, social media, event planning and more.


Web Design

You want a new website, but don’t have the first clue as to how to build one. That’s our job. Get your business online for as little as $1,299.


Graphic Design

Whether you need a fresh business card design, rack card, ad, flyer or full magazine design, we can help with all your graphic-design needs.


Marketing/PR

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.


Search Engine Optimization

The prettiest website in the world is like a tree falling in the forest with no one there to hear it. If your website hasn’t been search engine optimized, no one is going to see it or hear it – and it’s not going to work for you.


Video/Audio

Web videos, TV and radio commercials, DVDs – Augusta Free Press LLC has you covered when it comes to video and audio production.