Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, depicted in a graphic for Press TV's United States Desk. Azikiwe is a frequent guest on international media outlets., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
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The U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s recent remark about sexual assault in the military being scourge on American forces is long overdue, an analyst said.
“I believe that Chuck Hagel’s recent remark about sexual assault in the military being a scourge on the U.S. military forces is long overdue. For many years now this has been a part of the culture of abuse that exists within U.S. Armed Forces”, editor of Pan-African News Wire Abayomi Azikiwe told Press TV on Sunday.
“There is nothing being done about it. It’s not a new problem. There have been reports for many years about this type of behavior that has been going on particularly involving people who have higher ranks than women who have been targeted for sexual harassment and sexual assault”, he added.
The Pentagon is reeling from a series of sex-related scandals in recent weeks, including cases in which military advocates for victims of sexual assault were themselves accused of sex crimes.
A study released by the Defense Department two weeks ago estimated that reports of unwanted sexual contact in the military, from groping to rape, rose 37 percent in 2012, to about 26,000 cases from 19,000 the previous year.
“I believe that there should be a serious investigation conducted into these practices by the United States Congress and from other quarters of U.S. society. This is clearly something that must be addressed and must be addressed immediately within the higher echelons of the U.S. military as well as the United States government”, Azikiwe said.