New Act Seeks To Change How Military Handles Sexual Assault

Thursday, September 17th 2020, 8:05 am
By: News On 6

The Newly introduced "I Am Vanessa Guillen Act" is seeking to change the way sexual assault is handled in the military.

This comes after Private First Class Vanessa Guillen was murdered at Fort Hood by a superior officer who had been sexually harassing her.

The bill was introduced by a bi-partisan group including Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin.

Mullin said, "it took a horrific death of Vanessa to bring it to the attention of everybody to say something has to change."

The bill would make Sexual assault a stand-alone military crime and would move the decision to prosecute outside of the chain of command.

It would also create a confidential reporting process and allow victims to make claims against the Department of Defense.