Pentagon under fire for sexual assaults

"Women serving in the U.S. military today are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq," Rep. Jane Harmon, D-California said.

Harmon testified before a House panel looking into how the military handles reports of sexual assaults.

In 2007, only 8 percent of those accused of rape were court martialed, Harmon said. By comparison, 40 percent of those arrested in the civilian world are prosecuted.

During a recent trip to a Veterans Affairs health centerdoctors told Harmon 29 percent of the female veterans said they had been victims of rape.

Harmon Thursday introduced legislation calling on the Pentagon to develop a strategy to prevent rape and sexual assault.

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