WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBT) - Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a group of women lawmakers in support of addressing military sexual assault.
She took the floor as the senate debated the National Defense Authorization Act. It would reform the military justice system so that military prosecutors would have the authority to decide whether or not felony cases go to trial. Right now, commanders have that power.
Part of Baldwin's speech highlighted a woman from La Crosse who was sexually assaulted when she joined the military in 2004. "After reporting her assault to her commanding officer, Rachel was interrogated for hours over numerous days and ultimately forced to drop the charge. She was written up for fraternization - and her assailant was not charged," said Baldwin.
The U.S. Department of Defense estimates there were 26,000 cases of sexual assault last year, up 37% from 2011.
- Holmen man sentenced to life for murder of girlfriend
- Holmen man in custody after armed robbery and 5-hour standoff
- Herberger's to move into former Macy's location at Valley View Mall
- Police: Student critically hurt in Kenosha school stabbing
- Bill banning abortion coverage for state workers up for vote
- Education accountability bill up for committee vote
- Bill would let victims, witnesses block body camera releases
- Man accused of trying to kill girlfriend faces sentencing
- Urban Beekeeping
- New breast cancer detection soon offered at Mayo Clinic in La Crosse