No furloughs for Pentagon’s rape prevention workers

The Pentagon, facing a crisis over sexual assaults, will avoid imposing furloughs on hundreds of civilian employees who work in rape prevention programs, officials said Wednesday.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has imposed 11 days of unpaid leave on most of the Pentagon’s nearly 800,000 civilian workers due to automatic budget cuts. But he decided to make an exception for employees working in sexual assault prevention and response programs, said spokeswoman Cynthia Smith.

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