Bill Reker

WASHINGTON (KMOX) – Senator Clair McCaskill wins the battle to strengthen already-tough rules in the military to stop sexual abuse.

McCaskill’s bill makes commanders more accountable in that if they don’t move forward with a sexual abuse complaint it would come under review by the secretaries of the armed forces.

“We can hold them accountable, we can ferret out the bad ones. We now know that we have multiple reviews and oversight in this area. But at the end of the day, the good commanders can make all the difference in the world,” she says.

Her bill would also not allow so-called ‘good soldier’ defense where good conduct records are submitted as evidence of innocence. Final passage of the additional reforms to what are already tough standards against sexual abuse in the military is expected to come on Monday.



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