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WA Senator Proposes Bill to Help Fight Sexual Abuse in the Military

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Senator Patty Murray helped propose a bill on the senate floor today that would provide resources to victims of sexual assault in the armed forces.

This, coincidentally the day after an Air Force official in charge of a sexual assault prevention program was arrested for groping a woman. Murray's bill would be a bipartisan effort that she believes would help rid the military of sexual assault.

"It is not in keeping with the ethos of any service and it can no longer be tolerated," said Senator Murray in Washington D.C. this morning. "We still have not done enough to put an end to these shameful acts."

In a new Pentagon report released today reports of military sexual assault rose by 6%from last year to 3,374. Compare that to unreported cases up from 19,000 last year to 26,000 this year. If the bill were eventually passed it would address gaps in policy that prevent members of the military from getting the help they need after a sexual assault.