Deal Reached on Military Sexual Assault Bill

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Anu Bhagwati (L) of the Service Women's Action Network speaks with Maj. Gen. Gary Patton after she testified about being sexually assaulted while in the military during a hearing March 13, 2013. (Win McNamee/Getty)

The House and Senate have come to a compromise on a bill that would strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault in the military and keep Guantanamo Bay open.

The measure is the first change to laws governing sexual assault in the military in years and stems from the furor that has erupted in recent years over the rising number of sexual assaults in the military. There were 3,553 sexual assault complaints reported in the first three quarters of this fiscal year—a nearly 50 percent increase over the same period a year earlier.

Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, walks us through the ins and outs of this deal.

Guests:

Todd Zwillich

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

somebostonguy from Boston

If this is how we treat our own, what have we done in Iraq and Afghanistan? Are the no big stories because we, out media, are not looking OR because it is different and we did in fact behave?

Dec. 10 2013 11:34 AM
somebostonguy from Boston

If this is how we treat our own, what have we done in Iraq and Afghanistan? Are the no big stories because we, out media, are not looking OR because it is different and we did in fact behave?

Dec. 10 2013 11:33 AM

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