The Navy is telling its leaders around the world to work harder on preventing sexual assaults after two sailors, both assigned to Joint Naval Air Station, Fort Worth, were arrested in Japan on rape charges.
The alleged rape was reported Oct. 16 in Okinawa, leading to an uproar on the island and a sharp rebuke from the Japanese government. According to Japanese media, the sailors had been drinking before they attacked the woman, in her 20s, who was on her way home before dawn.
"We are appalled that such violent criminal behavior reportedly emerged from our ranks," Navy brass wrote in a message to top officers and enlisted leaders.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of the message on Friday. Read more about it in this report by Brock Vergakis of The Associated Press.