Obama speaks out against sexual assault during military base stop

By REUTERS
August 8, 2013 00:12

 
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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif - US President Barack Obama used a stop at a military base in California on Wednesday to speak out against sexual assault within the US armed services.

Finishing a two-day trip to Arizona and California during which he promoted new housing reform proposals, Obama came to Camp Pendleton to thank military members for their service and warn Americans that al-Qaida was still a threat.

But his comments about sexual assault to roughly 3,000 Marines and Navy members highlighted another problem that has dogged in the military: high levels of sexual assault among the armed forces.

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