Sen. Kay Hagan will attend a meeting today at the White House to discuss ways to prevent military sexual assault.
Hagan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will join a group lead by senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett and Tina Tchen, the chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.
“Military sexual assault is a crisis in our armed forces, and one that I have about first-hand from service members in North Carolina,” Hagan said in a statement. “That an estimated 26,000 incidents of sexual assault took place in our military last year is nothing short of alarming and completely unacceptable.''
During his confirmation process, Hagan said she talked to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about how he planned to address the issue.
After the meeting, Hagan issued a statement saying: "I have heard first-hand from service members in North Carolina about the military sexual assault crisis in our armed forces, and today I spoke with some of the president’s top advisors about concrete steps we can take to address this problem.''
“It is appalling and unacceptable that an estimated 26,000 incidents of sexual assault took place in our military last year and even more alarming that so few victims actually reported them. Our servicemen and women should not have to worry about their personal safety on bases in the U.S. and around the world while they are bravely serving to protect our nation’s safety.”