Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt., Ranking Member, Senate State Department And Foreign Operations Subcommittee And Author Of The ‘Leahy Law’) On News Reports On The Sexual Abuse Of Afghan Boys By Members Of Afghan Security Forces

“I was outraged by the press reports of sexual abuse of Afghan boys by members of Afghan security forces who have received training and other assistance from the United States.  Rape is a crime under any circumstances, and egregiously so when minors are the victims.  The Leahy Law prohibits aid to foreign security forces that violate human rights, and the Department of Defense has a responsibility to vigorously apply the law, including encouraging U.S. personnel who witness such abuse to immediately report it.”

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