Lawmakers praise Pentagon on sexual assault prevention progress

The report, commissioned by Slaughter, said the Pentagon has concurred with all of GAO’s recommendations to improve its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. Some of the new measures included the creation of a centralized case-level database, which is supposed to be fully operational in August 2012, a streamlined sexual assault investigation policy and more DOD oversight of the services’ investigations.

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The lawmakers specifically praised the creation of case-level database, as well as a new “Special Victims Unit” in the Army to investigate sexual assault cases.

Some members of Congress have long been critical of the military for not taking sexual assault seriously enough and not doing enough to protect victims and prosecute assailants.