May 13th, 2013
09:20 AM ET

Female veterans in Congress decry military's handling of sexual assaults

By Kevin Liptak, CNN

(CNN) – The way the military has prosecuted sexual assaults within its ranks is deplorable, two congresswomen who have served in the armed forces said Sunday, calling for a new system for reporting those kinds of crimes.

Reps. Tammy Duckworth and Tulsi Gabbard, both Democrats, said last week’s report indicating a 30% rise in the number of service members anonymously reporting sexual assaults was an indication the military’s leadership has failed in its duty to protect members of the armed forces.

“I want the military to be a place where women can succeed and thrive the way I was able to. And the military leadership at this point has shown that they have not been capable of fixing this problem,” said Duckworth, who represents Illinois and is an Iraq War veteran.

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  1. Big Shiz

    And like I seid before we need some female Generals.

    May 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big Shiz

    You know,when I make intelligent comments that dont offend anyone and you still delete them it shows you do it because you don't agree with my political views.

    May 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |