McCaskill fights for tougher punishments for military sexual assaults
By Mark Slavit
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 22:07:15 GMT — Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill returned to Jefferson City to push for tougher punishments of military sexual assaults.McCaskill held a roundtable discussion Wednesday with top officials from the Missouri National Guard at the Guardâ??s Jefferson City headquarters.The visit was one month after senior military leaders were chastised at a senate hearing because an Air Force commander dismissed the conviction of a lieutenant colonel for sexually assaulting a civilian employee at Aviana Air Force Base in Italy.McCaskill has introduced legislation to revise the uniform code of military justice to prohibit commanders from overturning jury verdicts in military tribunals.â??I wanted to hear from the people working in that area here on the ground in Missouri," McCaskill said. "I was able to learn some of the problems that they are facing and things that we need to be doing better.â??Missouri National Guard leaders told McCaskill that too many sexual assaults go unreported in the U.S. military.
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