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June 8, 2011

GAO Report, 284 Sexual Assaults at VA Facilities

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — veteranclaims @ 6:00 pm

Full article at: GAO: Hundreds sexually assaulted in Veterans Affairs facilities

By Gannett News Service
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of people were sexually assaulted in Veterans Affairs facilities since early 2007, and many cases weren’t reported to the proper officials, according to a government report released on Tuesday.

The Government Accountability Office reported there were 284 alleged assaults in VA medical centers and residential facilities from January 2007 to July 2010. They included 67 rapes, 185 cases of inappropriate touching, eight incidents of forceful medical exams, 13 cases of oral sex and 11 other assaults.

See also: Audit: Sexual assault incidents within VA system underreported By Jen Rizzo, CNN Producer
“The report also found that the VA has not taken the proper precautions to prevent sexual assaults in its medical facilities. Among the findings: Investigators report “poor monitoring of surveillance cameras, alarm system malfunctions, and the failure of alarms to alert both VA police and clinical staff when triggered.” “

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