Two Worlds, One Problem

Colleges and the military face heavy criticism for their 
responses to sexual assault. 
Can they find a new approach?

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Anu Bhagwati, a former Marine captain and company commander, testifies at a Senate hearing about sexual assault in the military. 
She is executive director of the Service Women’s Action Network, which presses for more equitable treatment of women in the armed services.

Colleges and the military have a problem in common.

Reports of sexual assaults and inadequate responses have roiled campuses and the armed services alike during the past two years, pushing college presidents and military brass into an unwelcome spotlight. Congress, federal agencies, the White House, and victims of assault are calling not only for new, more-effective policies, but also for a broad change in institutional culture.

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