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Changes are being proposed to military laws for sexual assault cases

Changes are being proposed to military laws for sexual assault cases
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Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 10:48pm

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers from both chambers of congress are proposing major changes to military laws for sexual assault cases.

The new bill would prevent military commanders from handling sexual assault cases that involve their subordinates. 

Any offense that could result in more than a year imprisonment would be funneled to independent military prosecutors, and the legislation would forbid military commanders from setting aside guilty findings.

All this as the defense department reports that just under 10% of the more than 26,000 military sexual assault victims last year actually reported the incidents. 

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