Obama to address sexual assaults at Naval Academy commencement

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"Sexual assault is an outrage. It is a crime, and that’s true for society at large,” said Obama. “And if it happens inside our military, whoever is carrying it out is betraying the uniform that they’re wearing.”

Last week, Obama met with Defense Secretary Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelThe Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report Billionaires stopping climate change action have a hold on Trump, GOP MORE and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to discuss the growing problem. 

The week prior, senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett and Tina Tchen, the first lady’s chief of staff and director of the president's Council on Women and Girls, led a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers at the White House to discuss the problem. The meeting included a dozen lawmakers from both parties and chambers.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey is expected to make a rare appearance with all of the military service chiefs on Capitol Hill next month to testify on congressional proposals to address the issue. House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate MORE (R-Ohio) called the rise a "national disgrace" on Thursday.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Senate passes 0B defense bill MORE (D-N.Y.) has proposed legislation that would take the decision to prosecute felony-level cases outside of the chain of command, a move she says will give military prosecutors more discretion and encourage more sexual assault victims to report crimes. Rep. Jackie Speier (R-Calif.) has proposed creating an independent office to investigate and prosecute sexual assault crimes.