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A documentary, "The Invisible War," told the stories of several women assaulted while serving in the military, including Trina McDonald, center. She is seen here with the film’s director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
The issue of sexual assault in the military goes before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday.
The Military Justice Improvement Act calls for the prosecution of military sexual assaults to occur in the military more like it does in the civilian community. Under military rules convictions now can be overruled and dismissed by senior officers.
A petition with more than 200,000 signatures supporting the changes will be presented to Congress by sexual assault victim Trina McDonald.
Under current military “chain-of-command” rules, McDonald she says couldn’t report the violent attacks that made her fear for her life because the people to whom she would have had to report the rapes were the same ones she says were responsible.
A Pentagon report estimates 26,000 women and men were sexually assaulted in the military last year.
McDonald spoke to WTOP about the need for the change.
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