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Obama calls meeting on military sex assault

Thursday - 5/16/2013, 11:21am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's top defense leaders have been summoned to the White House to talk about the military's sexual assault crisis.

The Pentagon's top general, Martin Dempsey, said yesterday that women in uniform are losing confidence that the problem will be solved.

An administration official says President Barack Obama plans to meet this afternoon with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and others.

The Pentagon has also scheduled a briefing for journalists today with Hagel and Dempsey.

New sexual assault allegations emerged this week involving an Army soldier who was assigned to prevent such crimes. The soldier is the second military member to be accused of that crime this week who had also been assigned to deal with sexual assault in the military.

Last week, Obama said he wanted swift action against military members guilty of sexual assault -- and not just "more speeches or awareness programs or training."

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182-v-32-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)--The president has summoned the Pentagon's leaders to the White House to talk about the growing sexual assault problem in the ranks. AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports. ((watch for dating)) (16 May 2013)

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APPHOTO WX103: FILE - In this April 26, 2013, file photo, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey speaks during his lecture at Joint Staff College in Tokyo. One after another, the charges have tumbled out -- allegations of sexual assaults in the military that have triggered outrage, from local commanders to Capitol Hill and the Oval Office. But for the Pentagon there seem to be few clear solutions beyond improved training and possible adjustments in how the military prosecutes such crimes. Changing the culture of a male-dominated, change-resistant military that for years has tolerated sexism and sexist behavior is proving to be a challenging task. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File) (26 Apr 2013)


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