Speier introduces bill to fight military sexual assaults

January 24, 2013 5:35:27 PM PST
The announcement on Thursday to allow women to serve in combat roles comes right in the middle of a scandal in the military, involving the sexual assault of nearly 60 trainees by their trainers, at Lackland Air Base.

San Mateo Congresswoman Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, is fighting to prevent future military sexual assaults, help victims and punish the attackers. She told me exclusively on Thursday afternoon that she will introduce a tough new proposal Friday to protect trainees. It's because some of the attackers said the sex was consensual.

"And when you can establish consent, the actual punishment, even though they violated any number of rules, as a trainer, the punishment is reduced substantially. That trainer will continue to work in that kind of environment. This bill will basically state there is no such thing as consent in a sexual encounter between a military training instructor and a trainee," said Speier.

You can talk more with Speier about this issue at a town hall meeting this Saturday in San Francisco.

Event Information:

Who: Congresswoman Jackie Speier
What: Town Hall Meeting
When: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Where: Temple United Methodist Church
65 Beverly Street
San Francisco, CA 94132

Other event: Congresswoman Speier and San Mateo County to Hold Gun Buyback
Who: Congresswoman Jackie Speier, San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne J. Tissier, San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks
What: Anonymous Gun Buyback
When: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: San Mateo County Event Center
2495 South Delaware Street, San Mateo
Phone: People interested in participating in the gun buyback can call 650-257-3503 x 9 for more information. Any individual can surrender weapons, no questions asked, and receive up to $100 cash for a hand gun, shotgun or rifle, and up to $200 cash for an assault weapon.


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