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Letter: Recognize assault in U.S. military

A graduating U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman marches into

A graduating U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman marches into the Academy's graduation and commissioning ceremonies in Annapolis, Md. (May 24, 2013) Credit: AP

I am saddened to see that people have no clue as to how big an issue sexual assault in the U.S. military really is or the pain that comes along with being a victim ["Sexual assault weakens military," Letters, Nov. 25].

These assaults are not the fault of the victims, male or female, and the military has a long history of covering up and ignoring claims of assault, because leadership apparently believes it would tarnish the reputation of their command. There are so many attacks that are not reported because of the nature of the military.

Sexual predators leave the military having never been disciplined for their actions. Do they go on to commit the same assaults and rapes on civilians?

The U.S. military can still be first in the world only after the closed-mindedness is removed to match our modern times.

The only opinion I share with the letter writer is that we need to get a grip on these problems, fixing them instead of pretending they do not exist.

Reanna Fulton, Setauket