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Women at the Fort Hood base in Texas face a nearly one-third higher risk of experiencing sexual assault than the average for the Army, according to a report by the federally-funded RAND Arroyo Center.

The big picture: The research found that the risk varied widely for female soldiers in particular across various bases, commands and career fields. But four bases — Fort Hood, Fort Riley, Fort Campbell and Fort Carson — accounted for about a third of active-duty Army women who were sexually assaulted in 2018.

  • Zoom in: The sexual assault risk to women at Fort hood — where an Army specialist who reported being sexually harassed by a supervisor was killed last year — in 2018 was 8.4%, compared with 5.8% for all women Army-wide.
  • One in 12, or some 494 of the 5,883 women who served at Fort Hood, were sexually assaulted in 2018, the year the study was conducted. A review in December revealed systematic issues at Fort Hood, and the Army later reprimanded or suspended several leaders there.

Why it matters: The findings come as Congress continues to address how to confront the issue. Bipartisan legislation that would reform procedures for how the military handles sexual assaults has stalled in the Senate, despite having the backing of the body's majority.

Researchers also found that younger age was linked to a higher risk for sexual assault for both men and women. There was also a correlation between sexual assault risk and lower education levels and junior ranking.

  • Those in medical or personnel fields face the lowest risk, per the study, while women in field artillery positions face the highest.

What they're saying: The findings “suggests there are location-specific concerns that require targeted interventions into climate and culture and will require additional research to understand,” Dr. Jenna Newmen, a social science adviser and the Army’s project lead for the study, said in a news release.

Go deeper: Gillibrand pushes for Senate vote on military sexual assault bill

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The rise of women in the gig economy

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Women have been joining the gig workforce at a rapid clip during the pandemic.

Why it matters: Gigs offer the flexibility that so many working women seek, but the jobs can come with low, unstable wages.

Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

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President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.

Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID-19 complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.

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