WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a former Jackson County Prosecutor and senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, met this week with the Commandant of the Marine Corps to discuss the importance of military leadership in focusing efforts on combating sexual assaults in the military and holding perpetrators accountable for their actions.
“I’m continually encouraged by leaders like General James Amos who demonstrate that our military leaders are ready to work with us to seriously tackle the toxic issue of sexual assaults within our ranks,” McCaskill said. “I was glad for the opportunity to talk with him about how we can change the military justice system to better hold perpetrators accountable and protect survivors.”
McCaskill and Senator Amy Klobuchar (Minn.)—both former prosecutors—this week introduced legislation to require the Department of Defense to review the personnel and training for those who serve in sexual assault prevention positions throughout the U.S. Armed Forces, and establish strict new criteria if necessary.
In response to a recent sexual assault case at Aviano Air Base in Italy, McCaskill grilled military leaders in several Senate hearings and has introduced legislation that would curtail the authority of military commanders to dismiss jury convictions against sex offenders. McCaskill's bill would also require written justifications when sentences are lessened or commuted.
Drew Pusateri is a press secretary for Sen. Claire McCaskill. He can be reached a email@example.com