WAYNESBORO -- Recent sexual assault cases in the U.S. military led to the removal of a lieutenant colonel at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. A report from the Pentagon estimated that as many as 26,000 service members may have been sexually assaulted last year. President Barack Obama has called it a "scourge." These assaults have made an impact right here in the Valley.
As more information is released about these sexual assaults,the impact grows to cadets in the Valley years away from commissioning.
Nicole Wenthe, a cadet from the Virginia Women's Institute of Leadership and a freshman at Mary Baldwin College, said as a member of the National Guard, she was trained to protect herself from sexual assault before basic training.
“We basically just talked about what's going to happen at basic, what we'll do at basic and some of the things that we need to watch out for at basic, too. If something does happen, you need to know how to take care of it, and you know who to go speak to,” said Wenthe.
Wenthe said it's important always to be aware and to support fellow members if something like this does happen. She also said these sexual assaults go against everything the army stands for.