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Bipartisan Legislation Looks to Assist Victims of Sexual Trauma in the Military

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The Support for Survivors Act, bipartisan legislation introduced today would assist victims of sexual trauma experienced during military service.

Introduced by U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), the legislation would require the Department of Defense to store all documents and reports across all military branches connected with sexual assaults and sexual harassment, and would prevent any records from being destroyed.

“We need to support the men and women who have served our nation fearlessly,” Klobuchar said. “Instead of destroying these records, we should be making sure that consistent records are kept across all military branches. By simply helping preserve their personal records, we can make sure our veterans have the care they need while supporting justice for assault victims.”

“With the passage of the Women Veterans Healthcare Improvement Act in 2010, Congress told the Defense Department and the Veterans Administration to get tough about protecting the victims of Military Sexual Trauma,” Murkowski said. “This landmark bill will ensure that the documentary evidence of Military Sexual Trauma is preserved to protect the right of Military Sexual Trauma victims to get the care to which they are entitled and to hold the Defense Department accountable for their obligation to eliminate Military Sexual Trauma incidents in the Armed Forces.”

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