WASHINGTON — U.S. senators dressed down senior military leaders Tuesday, led by female lawmakers, combat veterans and former prosecutors who insisted that sexual assault in the ranks cost the services the trust and respect of the American people as well as the nation’s men and women in uniform.
Summoned to Capitol Hill, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the beribboned four-star chiefs of the service branches conceded in an extraordinary hearing that they faltered in dealing with sexual assault. One said assaults were “like a cancer” in the military.
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