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Senator: Fire commanders allowing sex assault

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May 26, 2013 11:17 AM EST | AP

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WASHINGTON — A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee says that military commanders who allow sexual assault to flourish should be fired.

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says that women who serve in the military are needed and, quote: "putting up with way too much crap."

Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said victims need to know they're protected and have their day in a court they can trust.

A Pentagon study found that 26,000 members of the armed forces faced sexual assault last year, but only a few thousand cases were reported.

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addressed the issue separately in graduation speeches at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Durbin and Graham spoke on Fox News Sunday.