An Associated Press investigation into sex assault among children on U.S. military bases has led to changes within the Pentagon's school system and how the Defense and Justice Departments handle such cases. Some of the reforms include:
— Lawmakers required the Defense Department to create a new, centralized database for all child-on-child sexual assault reports and a military-wide policy for responding to such reports.
When the children of U.S. service members sexually assault one another on a military base there often is no justice.
That's because federal law governs civilians on many U.S. military installations, and federal prosecutors have little interest in pursuing juvenile sex assault cases. As a result, both victims seeking closure and young offenders needing treatment often receive neither, an Associated Press investigation found.
One solution, known as "retrocession," offers some hope.
The Pentagon says it does not know how often the children of service members sexually assault one another on military bases.
To answer that question, The Associated Press filed dozens of Freedom of Information Act requests with the main law enforcement agencies for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, as well as with the Pentagon school system that educates elementary and secondary students on installations worldwide.