Lawmakers announce Military Justice Improvement Act

The bipartisan bill spearheaded by New York Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand would change the sexual assault prosecution system in the military.
2:41 | 04/29/21

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Specials all the military is an epidemic. It has been for a very long time. The military has been keeping track of the numbers in vary its considerable DL is white tent. The most recent report from the department defense. Now almost 20000 are estimated I was 21000. Service members was actually solved in twenty teen. Sexual assault. Cannot be tolerated and employees but particularly in the military. We've had department events promises each time the children real. And try to be brought up before. Promises that they were going to take some actions. That would change things so this legislation would be necessary. But that promise whatever you have forgotten fact statistics prove just the opposite. Folks I'm a former manager. Also survived sexual assault. I understand traumatic events too many of her survivors face. Well militarily met military. Has a highly disciplined for hours. Sexual assault is like our armed forces for two we decided that Kate. A fresh look at her original bill and how we might tighten a language and improve it. And that's how we reach the military justice improvements and increasing prevention act. Our bipartisan bills still makes modifications. To the way that officers handle sexual assault cases having a Mela scary. Prosecutors. Decide whether they should be prosecuted. But we work together to tighten language to ensure that commanders. Still know. What's going on in their units. And the arguments that military leaders gave against this bill that would that it would undermine good order discipline. Jemima and senator Gillibrand had much more persuasive responses. In particular. That our allies countries like the United Kingdom countries like Canada at a similar reforms. That it increased reporting rates. Without undermining good order discipline. That's me with persuasive. Our daughters and sons enough to defend this nation. Noting that date will face risks. Knowing that they face the risk of being killed by our activities. But none of our daughters and sons. Should face the risk of assault. From their fellow servicemen.

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