Kirsten Gillibrand United States Senator for New York

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Gillibrand Statement on New Pentagon Sexual Assault Policy

August 15, 2013

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after the Pentagon issued new policies to address sexual assault in the military:

“The Pentagon taking action is a good thing and these are positive steps forward but it is not the leap forward required to solve the problem. As we have heard over and over again from the victims, and the top military leadership themselves, there is a lack of trust in the system that has a chilling effect on reporting. 302 prosecutions out of an estimated 26,000 cases just isn't good enough under any metric. It is time for Congress to seize the opportunity, listen to the victims and create an independent, objective and non-biased military justice system worthy of our brave men and women's service.”