Service members sue over sex assault cases
(MILITARY TIMES) The government is fighting a lawsuit filed by 28 former service members who claim they were raped, sexually assaulted or harassed while on military duty.
The lawsuit claims former defense secretaries Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld violated the constitutional rights of service members when they ran institutions in which:
• Military personnel were not protected from sexual harassment and assault.
• Perpetrators were promoted and congressionally mandated reforms were mocked.
• The plaintiffs and other victims were openly retaliated against and “ordered to keep quiet” about their colleagues’ crimes.