military sexual assault

McSally: ‘I felt the system was raping me all over again’

Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, gave emotional remarks on her personal experience with sexual assault in front of a Senate panel on military sexual assault. McSally, who served in the Air Force from 1988-2010, shared this experience for the first time publicly, calling for change from outside and within the military ranks.

Senate Blocks Gillibrand's Military Sexual-Assault Bill (Updated) (Video)

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Updated 5:04 p.m. | The Senate narrowly blocked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to remove prosecutorial decisions for military sexual assaults and other felonies from the chain of command.  

The measure failed to advance on a 55-45 vote, five short of the 60 votes needed to limit debate. Seventeen of the chamber's 20 women voted aye, while men opposed the measure 42-38.  

Reid Gets Agreement for Floor Debate on Military Sexual Assault

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The Senate has reached a time agreement deal for holding votes on a pair of bills designed to combat sexual assault in the military, but there's no date certain for the debate.  

Under the agreement, there would be two hours of debate before the Senate would vote on a motion to limit debate on the proposal offered by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. That legislation would make numerous changes to the way the Pentagon handles sexual assault allegations, including removing decisions from the chain of command.  

GOP Demanding Iran Sanctions Vote in Military Sexual-Assault Debate

Senate Republicans are objecting to a set of votes on addressing the issue of sexual assault in the military without a vote on imposing stiffer sanctions against Iran.  

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., offered a proposal that would have set up competing votes on limiting debate on two proposals that would change the way the military handles prosecutions of alleged incidents of sexual assault in the armed forces, a floor debate that wasn't held as part of the Senate's consideration of the current fiscal year's defense policy legislation.