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Obama To Meet With Military Leaders About Sexual Assault

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WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other leaders of the U.S. military on Thursday to discuss their efforts to stop sexual assaults in the armed forces, a White House spokeswoman said.

On Tuesday, the military said another one of its advocates for victims of sexual assault was himself being accused of sex crimes, including allegations linking him to prostitution.

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, the president's top uniformed military adviser, will attend the meeting with Obama.

"This afternoon the president will meet with Secretary Hagel, Chairman Dempsey and the service secretaries, service chiefs, and senior enlisted advisors to discuss sexual assault in the military," the spokeswoman said.

Earlier this month, the Pentagon released its 2012 annual report on sexual assault in the military, which showed a 37- percent jump in estimated sex crimes to 26,000.

That report came a day after the officer in charge of the Air Force sexual assault prevention office was charged with groping a woman while drunk in a parking lot not far from the Pentagon. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by David Brunnstrom)

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