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May 13, 2013

Military culture of abuse must change

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New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, has been in the forefront of those calling for a solution. On Thursday, she attended a White House conference to address the obscene statistics.

A good first step would be changing the “convening authority” law that allows a senior officer who called for a court-martial to throw out the verdict in any case of sexual assault without even providing a reason. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel proposed that change last week.

It’s more than apparent that a sea change is required in the culture of our military. America’s daughters enlist to fight for their country … not their virtue.

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