May 24 - U.S. President Obama urged future leaders of the U.S. military to stamp out sexual assault from their ranks. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama addressing the graduating class at the U.S. Naval Academy urges future leaders of the military to stamp out sexual assault from their ranks (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "Those who commit sexual assault are not only committing a crime, they threaten the trust and discipline that make our military strong. That's why we have to be determined to stop these crimes, because they've got no place in the greatest military on Earth. So, Class of 2013, I say all this because you're about to assume the burden of leadership. As officers, you will be trusted with the most awesome of responsibilities -- the lives of the men and women under your command. " He warned that a that few bad actors could undermine the strongest military in the world. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "We must acknowledge that even here, even in our military, we've seen how the misconduct of some can have effects that ripple far and wide," As the graduating class celebrates, a spate of recent sex-related incidents has embarrassed the U.S. military.