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Gillibrand introduces militrary sexual assault legislation

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand continues to try to build momentum for her bill that would change how sexual assaults in the military are prosecuted.

Her legislation is calling for sexual assault cases to be removed from the chain of command and allow victims to report their assault directly to a prosecutor.

Gillibrand says the changes are needed to make it more likely for victims to report cases of abuse.

"What the victims are telling us is that they feel they will not receive justice. They're telling us that they fear
retaliation or ostracization or that they will be punished. I think that is what has to change," said Gillibrand.

A recent survey claimed 26,000 military personnel experienced "unwanted sexual contact." that is an increase of 35 percent from 2010.

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