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Should cases of sexual assault in the military be handled by a panel of independent prosecutors?

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Military Sexual Assault Poll Results for Democrats

Yes

60,396 votes

90%

No

6,798 votes

10%

Distribution of answers submitted by Democrats.

2 Yes answers
3 No answers
1 overlapping answers

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Learn more about Military Sexual Assault

Last year the military estimated that only 12% of 26,000 sexual assaults cases were reported to officials. These assaults are currently vetted and prosecuted by officials within the ranks of the military. In an effort to increase the percentage of reported cases Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) proposed an amendment to the current defense spending bill that would turn all prosecutions of sexual assault cases to a panel of independent prosecutors. Critics argue that the amendment would add extra costs to the defense budget and strip military officials of powers which are necessary for the chain of command. In December 2013, Congress passed the bill with a 84-15 vote.  See recent military oversight news

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