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

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FILE - In this Monday, March 24, 2014, file photo, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks during an interview, in New York.  On the ?Late Show with David Letterman? Monday, March 24, 2014,  Carter said the Crimean annexation was ?inevitable? because Russia considers it to be part of their country and so many Crimeans consider themselves Russian. He also said Russian President Vladimir Putin shouldn?t be permitted to go any further. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
FILE - In this Monday, March 24, 2014, file photo, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks during an interview, in New York. On the ?Late Show with David Letterman? Monday, March 24, 2014, Carter said the Crimean annexation was ?inevitable? because Russia considers it to be part of their country and so many Crimeans consider themselves Russian. He also said Russian President Vladimir Putin shouldn?t be permitted to go any further. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

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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