Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced recently that the Pentagon has plans to revamp how the armed services handle sexual abuse complaints. Hagel’s initiatives include:
- Strengthening the enforcement of policies banning romantic relationships between recruiters, instructors, and green troops
- Supporting victims of sexual assault by providing them with legal advice and representation
- Thoroughly checking whether inspector generals on investigations of sexual assault are handling the cases properly
Democratic Representative of California Jackie Speier, who is one of the more active congressmen when it comes to pushing for changes in how the military deals with the issues of sexual abuse and harassment complaints, welcomed the proposed amendments but said that the Pentagon can go further in instituting and enforcing initiatives.
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