Ending a Culture of Willful Denial

A new plan makes unprecedented changes to stem sexual assault in the military.


Ground security forces at Bagram have been able to reduce the number of attacks on the base by 47 percent in the last year, but there is a still a threat from the outlying community.

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We will continue to work with the many members in both chambers and from both sides of the aisle, the victims who have courageously come forward and the committed military leaders who are all meaningfully contributing to this effort.

For the brave men and women who serve our country, and for the protection of our national security, we cannot allow these crimes to be ignored. We have to get this right.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Rep. Mike Turner, R- Ohio., and Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass., are the co-authors of the BE SAFE Act and Coast Guard STRONG Act, the legislation included in the FY14 NDAA that combats military sexual assault.

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