US President Barack Obama used a stop at a military base in California to speak out against sexual assault within the US armed services Wednesday.
"I want you to hear it directly from me, the commander-in-chief," Obama said. "It undermines what this military stands stands for when sexual assault takes place within." Debate over the military's sexual assault problem has been intense since a spate of high-profile cases. Obama said it is critical to "stop these crimes of sexual assault and uphold the honor and the integrity that defines the finest military on earth." (Reuters)