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Senator targets military law over sexual assault

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who helped force the military to allow gays in its ranks, is determined to upend laws governing how the armed services handle an epidemic of sexual assaults.Full story

Democratic unity splinters in debate over military sexual assault

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill both want to stop the "scourge" of military sexual assault. But their competing plans have forced lawmakers, officers and even survivors to take sides. Full story

U.S. senator, Pentagon fight proposed change to sex assault case rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday released letters from Pentagon officials defending the military's system for handling sexual assault cases, fending off a fellow Democratic senator's plan for sweeping changes to deal with the rise in sexual Full story

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