Ryan will introduce bill on military sexual assault
YOUNGSTOWN — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan will introduce a bill in the House next week to help members of the military who are victims of sexual assault.
“This is an epidemic that threatens the very foundations of our military,” said Ryan of Niles, D-13th. “All service members must have absolute confidence and trust in their fellow soldier, sailor, airman, and Marine. How can they put their lives in each other’s hands if they fear that person as a potential sexual predator? Congress must address this issue.”
The Combating Military Sexual Assault Act of 2013 will fill gaps within current law and policy, and build upon the steps recently taken by the Department of Defense and the various branches of the military, said Ryan, a member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee.
In a recent report, the DOD estimated 26,000 sexual assaults took place in 2012, with only 3,374 of those being reported.