Senator Claire McCaskill, who is surveying 350 colleges on their sexual-assault policies, said she’s planning to hold hearings later this year when she’ll call victims, administrators and college presidents to testify.
Female senators backing a bill to remove sex-assault cases from the U.S. military chain of command say they may limit their proposal to just rape and sex crimes to win support before a showdown vote as early as this week.
The U.S. military is facing a “crisis” over cases of sexual assault, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said as she pushed her plan to remove sex-assault cases from the chain of command and turn them over to independent military prosecutors.
A Senate subcommittee approved removing the power of commanding officers in the U.S. military to decide on prosecution of major crimes such as sexual assaults, even as some lawmakers vowed to reverse the action.
As the only woman in her bomb- disposal unit in Afghanistan, Army Sergeant Rebekah Havrilla said she had learned to endure sexual harassment from her team leader and contempt from the captain who commanded the unit.