Sen. Moran Joins Bipartisan Effort to Confront and Prevent Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence in the Military
May 31 2019
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense – cosponsored the bipartisan Military Special Victims Protection Act to increase oversight in the prosecution of sexual misconduct and domestic violence cases by providing more senior commanders with decision-making responsibilities.
This legislation, led by U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), would also expand eligibility for Special Victim Counsel services to victims of certain domestic violence offenses, and would provide for the correction of military records and discharges for former military members that were survivors of military sexual trauma or intimate partner violence. This legislation also explores options for ensuring that the best interests of child-victims are protected during legal proceedings.
“Those willing to sacrifice for our country by joining our Armed Forces face enough high-stress and high-stakes circumstances while defending our nation, and must be able to rely on their brothers and sisters in arms to keep them safe within the ranks and feel secure to focus on their mission,” said Sen. Moran. “This bipartisan legislation would provide counseling services and the correction of military records for servicemembers who have experienced assault or violence, while also requiring the Department of Defense to further develop strategies to prevent this abuse from happening in the first place. Sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse must be addressed head-on, and I will continue supporting efforts to rid this violence from our society and our military.”
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