Victims’ advocacy group goes after McCaskill on sexual assault bill
By Jeremy Herb - 07/22/13 07:47 PM EDT
“Sen. McCaskill is fighting against common sense reforms and protecting the status quo and military leaders that have failed for decades to address the epidemic of military sexual assault,” Protect our Defenders President Nancy Parrish said in a statement. “She has said that she will give military brass another five years' before supporting an independent and impartial military justice system."
Gillibrand’s measure was defeated in the Senate Armed Services Committee by an alternative from McCaskill and Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) that keeps cases with commanders but establishes a beefed-up review process by civilian leaders.
McCaskill has long called for the military to change the way it handles sexual assault, but her opposition to Gillibrand’s bill has pitted her against victims’ advocates like Protect Our Defenders, which says that removing cases from commanders’ hands is necessary to curb the number of assaults.