US Senator will go to war against sexual assault in military in upcoming hearing

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 09:20 hrs

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has said she wants Congress to tackle the 'reprehensible problem' of sex assaults, and so she will summon sexual assault victims and military brass to a hearing to explore what to do about it.

It will be her first hearing in her new role as chairwoman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel.

She told the New York Daily News that 19,000 sexual assaults a year were happening, and only a small handful of perpetrators being prosecuted and discharged.

She added that the committee not only can shine a light on military sexual trauma, more importantly we want to develop a response to reduce and eliminate whatever level of tolerance there is for this type of behavior, the report added.

Gillibrand, who was appointed on Tuesday to head the subcommittee, will hold the hearing in four weeks.

According to the report, in a series of stories last year, the News exposed an epidemic of rape and sexual assault on both servicewomen and servicemen, by their male counterparts in arms.

Women spanning three generations, from 1955 until now, spoke out for the first time, recounting how they were raped or harassed by their male superiors or fellow soldiers, and then ignored or punished if they reported what happened to them, it added. (ANI)

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