Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) introduced military sexual assault legislation Wednesday that focuses on improving case investigation and judicial processes while providing better support for assault victims, according to a press release.
McSally, a member of the Armed Services Committee, announced in March she was sexually assaulted while serving in the Air Force and studied the persistent problem more than two months before releasing her bill.
“Sexual assault is intolerable and we must step up and demand action now,” McSally said in a statement. “A commander is like no other position in the civilian world. We need to empower commanders to have more responsibility and more accountability than they do now. My bill will improve the timeliness from the time an assault is reported to when it is brought to its conclusion.”
A legislative summary of the bill proposes making changes in sexual assault prevention and training, victim support, investigation and prosecution.
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