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March 10, 2014

In Our Opinion: Senate betrayed military victims of rape


It is incumbent upon us to honor the service of those who defend our country, but not those who commit acts of aggression and those who are lax in putting an end to this national embarrassment.

The problem would seem to begin at recruitment. Not all recruits make exemplary service members. The results of a study published online last week in JAMA Psychiatry revealed that more than 8 percent had intermittent explosive disorder, which includes anger they can’t control, BEFORE joining the Army.

Gillibrand will likely get another chance to pass her bill in a few months when the Senate begins work on a defense policy bill for the 2015 fiscal year. She isn’t giving up, and we shouldn’t give up on creating a military free of sexual assault. 

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