WASHINGTON – US Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jon Ossoff (D-GA ) , and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Protecting Our Military Through the Proven Methods Actwhich would instruct the Secretary of Defense to collect comprehensive data on the causes of sexual assault and harassment and domestic violence in the military:
“The American military has answered the call to defend this nation and we need to make sure they are protected too,” said Senator Cornyn. “This legislation would improve policies and procedures to keep our brave men and women in uniform safe and eliminate some of the causes of sexual assault and domestic violence in the military.”
“We are improving the Department of Defense’s ability to protect Arizona service members from sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence,” said Senator Sinema. “I will continue to work to ensure our service members are treated with dignity and respect.”
“Our service members continue to be victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, despite decades of efforts to combat it,” said Senator Tillis. “We still don’t have enough data on why this continues to happen, which is why we have introduced this legislation to improve data collection within the Ministry of Defence. Understanding the causes and reasoning behind sexual assault and domestic violence will improve the protection of our service members by strengthening preventative measures.
“I have long said that we must prioritize the prevention of sexual abuse in our military, and this bipartisan effort is an important step in getting there by ensuring that DOD has both the best and most reliable data. comprehensive and be held accountable for providing top-notch sexual assault prevention and response training for our military,” said Senator Ernst, a survivor of sexual assault and the first female fighter elected to the US Senate.
“Our service members put their lives on the line when they choose to join the military, and they should never experience sexual assault or domestic violence as a result of that choice,” said Senator Rubio. “This bill will help address and prevent these abuses within our military.”
“Our bipartisan bill to strengthen military protections from sexual assault and domestic violence is critical because too many of our country’s heroes continue to be targeted while they serve,” said Senator Ossoff.
This legislation would improve sexual assault and domestic violence prevention policies within the Department of Defense (DoD) by directing the DoD to collect data on the causes of sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence in the Department of Defense (DoD). army. This legislation would also require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to compare these cases with similar data from civilian communities, other federal civilian agencies, and public universities.