03/25/2014 12:00 pm ET Updated Mar 25, 2014

Jimmy Carter Explains Why Military Sexual Assault Is So Difficult To Combat

Former President Jimmy Carter opened up about the military's sexual assault problem on Tuesday, explaining why it's so difficult to combat.

In an interview with HuffPost Live to discuss his book "A Call To Action," Carter drew upon his own Navy experience, discussing why commanding officers are "very reluctant" to have such serious incidents reported. He added that the emotional toll for the victim in going public with all the details makes for a "very difficult" environment to see a conviction.

"The laws and the interpretations of the laws, even in our own great country, are adverse to recognizing the problem and doing something about it," Carter admitted.

Watch Carter's full explanation above.


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