Best of AP — Honorable Mention


‘How is this OK?’: US military struggles with reforms on kids’ abuse

Justin Pritchard, investigative reporter, Los Angeles; Foster Klug, bureau chief, Seoul; and Reese Dunklin, investigative reporter, Dallas, revealed that despite mandated reforms, the Pentagon still struggles to provide justice when the children of service members sexually assault each other. Acting on a tip to Dunklin, their story describes the case of a 13-year-old boy accused of molesting at least 10 younger children on a U.S. Air Force base in Japan. The mothers of the first girls to report the alleged abuse say Air Force officials showed little urgency to offer counseling or investigate. “How is this OK?” asked a mother who locked her kids indoors.

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