(KCEN) -- Yesterday marked the beginning of testimony on dozens of sexual assault cases at Lackland Air Base in San Antonio.
According to the Air Force, 32 instructors at Lackland allegedly engaged in inappropriate or coercive sexual relationships with 59 recruits and service members.
Before the hearing, a group of military sexual assault survivors told reporters that these attacks have been taking place for a long time and in all branches of the military.
Paula Coughlin, who is retired from the Navy, said, "We have the opportunity to reveal the scope of this problem, explore the criminal dynamic between a rapist and the chain of command."
The group represents over 500,000 military sexual assault victims consisting of both veterans and current service members.