WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Lawmakers Push For Reform To Pentagon's Sexual Assault Policies

Play associated audio
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chucka_nc/5792259794/

A bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing legislation to change how the Pentagon handles sexual assaults. They think the bill could stem the estimated 26,000 cases last year.

After reporting her sexual assault, former Marine Ariana Klay remembers feeling isolated within her unit. She accuses her commanders of retaliating against her for reporting the crime.

"It is impossible to expect justice in a legal system run primarily by commanders with no legitimate legal training who have a vested interest in the outcomes of their proceedings," Klay says.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has been rallying support to overhaul the military chain of command. Her bill is cosigned by 45 senators, but now opponents say she'll need 60 supporters to pass it. Gillibrand says serious crimes like sexual assaults should be handled by trained prosecutors.

"It has been allowed to fester in the military for far too long," Gillibrand says.

But Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) says Gillibrand's legislation is too broad because it removes from the chain of command most crimes punishable by a year or more of imprisonment.

"It's not focused on sexual assaults," Kaine says.

Kaine supports an alternative that ends the practice of allowing a commander to overturn a jury conviction.

NPR

With 'Formation,' Beyoncé Lights Up The Internet. Here's What People Are Saying

The singer's new music video quickly drew commentary of all kinds — on its references to being black in America, Hurricane Katrina and Black Lives Matter.
NPR

Calif. Restaurant Gives Diners — And Sea Lions — An Ocean View

The Marine Room is a restaurant right on the beach. When the tide is high, waves hit the windows, and bring in unexpected visitors.
NPR

'Us' Vs. 'I, I, I' For Some Democrats In What Used To Be Clinton Country

Though Hillary Clinton still has her loyalists, even some former supporters are "feeling the Bern" in New Hampshire.
WAMU 88.5

Call To Get All Maryland Students Internet Access Renewed This Year

Should all students in Maryland schools have access to the Internet and other digital resources? One Maryland Senator is taking up the call again this legislative session.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.