Changes In Prosecuting Military Sexual Assault

Changes In Prosecuting Military Sexual Assault

The Senate approves a bill to strengthen protections for military sexual assault victims. And a Fort Bragg judge refuses to dismiss sex assault charges against an Army general. Guest host Susan Page and her guests discuss new developments in how military sexual assault cases are handled.

U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand have long championed competing bills to change the way the military prosecutes sexual assault cases. The Senate voted this week to approve the McCaskill bill. It offers modest reforms but still allows military commanders to decide whether their subordinates should be prosecuted. The vote disappointed the Gillibrand camp by not removing the chain of command from military sexual assault cases. The Pentagon itself has indicated how serious the issue is: more than 20,000 incidents of sexual assault and unwanted sexual conduct were reported in 2012.


Maj. Gen. Bill Nash

U.S. Army-Retired.

Kevin Baron

executive editor, Defense One magazine.

Susan Burke

Baltimore lawyer representing military rape victims.

Claire McCaskill

U.S. senator, Missouri (D).

Richard Blumenthal

U.S. senator, Connecticut (D); former state attorney general of Connecticut.

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