Pentagon to Exempt Sexual Assault Prevention Workers from Furloughs | Defense – GovExec.com

” The Pentagon will spare civilian sexual assault prevention personnel from mandatory furloughs this year, according to a Defense Department spokeswoman.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reached the decision after the recent arrests of multiple personnel working in sexual assault prevention offices for domestic disputes and sexual misconduct, as well as a report that found an estimated 35 percent increase in the number of “unwanted sexual contact” incidents in the military in 2012.”

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