U.S. Military’s Tacit Acceptance of Sexual Assault Expands to Front Lines

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WASHINGTON — Although defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta lifted a ban on women in combat last week, the military seeks to reassure patriots that the decision will in no way affect military culture overall. Concern had been raised, especially among conservative policy-makers, that the new program would subvert the longstanding tradition of blatant disregard for the safety of female soldiers from sexual…