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Top Military Brass Face Panel Regarding Sexual Assaults

Tuesday on Capitol Hill a panel of top military officers — including the Joint Chiefs of Staff — faced a Senate panel that grilled them about the problem of sexual assault in the military. There was consensus that the problem is unacceptable, but there was less agreement about solutions. One controversial proposal, backed by some Senators, calls for taking responsibility for military trials of sexual assault cases from commanders. NPR's Larry Abramson reports on the debate over the military chain of command and sexual assault.