WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDTN) - The Air Force is under fire over a brochure circulated at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.
New York Representative Louise Slaughter released a copy of a letter she received from the Pentagon after she complained about the contents of the brochure.
The brochure contains recommendations to military members about what to do if they are being sexually assaulted.
Many of the recommendations are common sense, such as checking around your car before getting inside and using dead bolt locks and peepholes when home alone.
But, Slaughter cried foul over others including one that suggests sexual assault victims submit to an attack rather than resist. The brochure said circumstances should dictate whether you should resist or not.
The Pentagon advised Slaughter in the letter that it has pulled the brochure from Shaw Air Force Base. It said it agreed with Slaughter's concerns.
The Pentagon estimates that at least 26,000 military personnel were victims of sex assaults in 2012, but only one in ten were reported.
Congressman Mike Turner of Dayton is a co-sponsor of a defense policy bill aimed at ending sex assaults in the military.
"This is a crime. It is a violent and vicious crime and the military needs to treat it as such and we need to have a system that ensures that victims are protected, that their rights are protected, and that those who are perpetrators are vigorously prosecuted," said Mike Turner, (R) Ohio.
The murder of Vandalia Marine Maria Lauterbach in 2007 sparked heated debate of the issue.
She was raped by a fellow Marine who later murdered her and buried her and her unborn baby in his back yard.
Her attacker, Cesar Laurean, is serving a life sentence for her murder.
Lauterbach's mother, Mary, is now a staunch advocate of proper punishment and investigation into military sex assaults.
During a May interview, Mary Lauterbach told 2 NEWS, "Once it's turned over to a system of justice, to respect that system and to respect the jury decisions. It's common sense. Beyond that, they are also asking for stiffer punishments when people are found guilty."
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill in late June. The bill would strip commanders' ability to overturn guilty verdicts in sex assault cases. It also asks for a minimum sentence for sex assault offenders.
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