Second Oversight hearing on military sexual assault

September 10, 2008 by Philip Barron  Email This Post Print This Post

A second hearing on sexual assault in the military is being held today by the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, a branch of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The hearing will be held in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building and was to begin at 10:00 am Eastern. Slated to appear before the subcommittee is Dr. Kaye Whitley, chief of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office of the Department of Defense. Whitley had been subpoenaed to appear for the first hearing, but had been prevented from appearing by Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Michael Dominguez. The panel’s reaction to that earlier interference by Dominguez:

Full committee Chairman Henry Waxman called the DoD’s decision to prevent Whitley from testifying “ridiculous and indicating DoD is covering something up.” It could also place Whitley in contempt of Congress. Rep. Christopher Shays said the DoD’s decision was “foolish.”

Also scheduled to appear as a witness is Brenda S. Farrell, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Video from today’s hearing is available at the subcommittee’s website.

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2 Responses to “Second Oversight hearing on military sexual assault”

  1. india on September 17th, 2008 10:28 am

    .i think its some she was close to in the army or someone she knew very well and was angry they need to question the soldiers.

  2. cassie on September 19th, 2008 12:43 pm

    i think that the government covering up her murder and rape just goes to shpw that they really do not care what happens to black women in th us specially in the army