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Kirsten Gillibrand’s Military Sexual Assault Bill Faces Filibuster Threat

Sen. Claire McCaskill has said she will filibuster her Democratic colleague's Military Justice Improvement Act, which would remove prosecution decisions for serious crimes like sexual assault from the military command.

Sen. Claire McCaskill has said she will filibuster her Democratic colleague’s Military Justice Improvement Act, which would remove prosecution decisions for serious crimes like sexual assault from the military command.

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Gillibrand’s Sexual Assault Measure Slated for Stand-Alone Vote

The senator says she's not going away.

When the Senate votes on the annual defense appropriation, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act won’t be part of it. But the senator says she’s not going away.

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Momentum Builds for Gillibrand’s Military Sexual Assault Amendment

In a way, the military can create a perfect storm for triggering an eating disorder.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s renewed push comes on the heels of a new poll reporting that six in ten Americans support letting independent prosecutors, rather than the chain of command, decide whether to prosecute cases of sexual assault and other serious non-military crimes.

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Gillibrand Starts Final Push to Reform Military Sexual Assault Prosecutions


The senator is optimistic that her amendment, the Military Justice Improvement Act, could reach even the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster.

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A Case Study in Awful: The 8 Worst Parts of the Recent Naval Academy Rape Hearing

Naval Academy Coat of Arms.

I take a look at some of the horrible insinuations, statements, and questions used by defense attorneys to impugn the character of a 21-year-old female midshipman.

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Obama, Hagel Offer Lip Service on Military Sexual Assault

"We have to be determined to stop these crimes, because they’ve got no place in the greatest military on earth," President Barack Obama told the U.S. Naval Academy class of 2013.

Judging by their words, you’d think they’d be willing to stop at nothing to end the epidemic of sexual assault in the military. But you would be wrong.

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Report: Fox News Underreported Sexual Assault in the Military


While Fox News has devoted extensive airtime to pushing scandals that have since begun to fall apart, it has largely ignored new allegations of sexual assault in the military.

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The Department of Defense, Sexual Assault, and the Future

The announcement was greeted with cautious optimism from victims' advocates in Congress, who said that more urgent reform is still needed sooner than a year from now.

As a former civilian social worker for the Air Force, I cannot help but weigh in on the national debate about how to reform the Department of Defense’s sexual assault policies.

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Reproductive Health Services in the Military: It’s Time to Stop Denying Servicewomen the Basic Rights For Which They Fight

Military servicewomen fight for our country and our rights yet are denied access to basic reproductive health care.  They face shockingly high rates of sexual assault and rape, yet are denied access to legal services. We urge policymakers in 2012 to put politics aside and support the women serving our country through policies that put their needs and wellbeing first, as they do ours.

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STOKING FIRE: Ultra-Conservative Doctrine May Be the Reason for Unreported Sexual Crimes in the Military

Part of the blame for the reluctance to report sexual crimes in the military rests with an unsympathetic military chaplaincy, one of the few places soldiers, sailors, reservists, national guardians, and marines can turn for counseling.

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