Senate OKs bill to combat military sexual assault

Senate OKs bill to combat military sexual assault

Senate OKs bill to combat military sexual assault

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 6:40 PM

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would make big changes in the military justice system to deal with sexual assault.
 
   The vote was 97-0 on Monday. The measure would scrap the nearly century-old practice of using a "good soldier defense" to raise doubts that a crime has been committed.
 
   The bipartisan bill was written by three female senators -- Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Republicans Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Deb Fischer of Nebraska.
 
   It would impose a half-dozen changes as Congress tries to combat the pervasive problem of rape and sexual offenses that Pentagon leaders have likened to a cancer within the ranks.
 
   The House could act on the bill as a stand-alone measure or incorporate it into a larger defense bill in the spring.
 
 

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