By Ramsey Cox
Panetta tasked all military branches with assessing initial training to ensure a safe and secure work environment in the wake of the sexual assault scandals. The DOD announced that the military would institute more consistent and improved sexual assault prevention and response instruction during pre-command training.
Collins, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee, said she included provisions in the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill requiring the military to improve and expand sexual assault prevention and response training. Collins also fought to ensure that survivors of sexual assault have the right to talk to victim advocates and are eligible for expedited base transfers away from their attacker.