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Margaret Carlson

A Conspiracy to Ignore Military Sex Assaults

If the military wants to change in how it deals with sexual assaults, its leaders have to realize that they are the problem.

When the military's top leaders line up and say they don't want to change a situation that's resulted in a massive number of sexual assaults going unpunished, and the Senate Armed Services Committee says you don't have to: Where's the oversight in that?

Yesterday the committee voted 17-9 against Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's logical fix: take reporting and prosecuting out of the chain of command, where the alleged perpetrator and the victim may serve together under a commanding officer, who probably knows both, and transfer that authority over to uniformed military lawyers who could dispassionately handle a victim's report.