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House panel seeks to curb military sexual assaults

House panel seeks to curb military sexual assaults

A House panel is poised to approve a series of revisions to military law in an effort to stem the growing epidemic of sexual assaults in the armed forces.
A vote is scheduled Wednesday on the changes, which include stripping commanding officers of their unilateral authority to change or dismiss a court-martial conviction and requiring that service members found guilty of sexual offenses be dismissed or dishonorably discharged.
The legislation before the House Armed Services military personnel subcommittee is backed by Republicans and Democrats and reflects congressional outrage over the poor results that military leaders have achieved in their drive to combat sexual assault in the ranks.
Once approved, the subcommittee's legislation will be folded into the Armed Services Committee's broader defense policy bill for the 2014 fiscal year.


Updated : 2021-07-29 19:22 GMT+08:00