The military fathers sat at the commander’s conference table, pleading for help, after their daughters told them they’d been sexually assaulted by a boy in their first-grade class at the U.S. Army base school in Germany.
Thousands of children live and attend school on U.S. military bases while their parents serve the country. Yet if they are sexually violated by a classmate or a neighborhood kid, they often get lost in a legal and bureaucratic netherworld.
That extends to the Defense Department’s education system, which affords its students fewer protections than those in U.S. public schools if they are sexually attacked by a classmate on campus. The system also has no specific policy to respond to student-on-student sexual violence and doesn’t accurately track the incidents, an Associated Press investigation found.