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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 8:51 am

It is rare indeed when the U. S. Senate approves legislation by a 97-0 vote. It happened Monday when the McCaskill-Ayotte-Fischer bill was approved. The legislation is a measure to curb sex crimes in the military and to bring justice to victims in judicial proceedings.

This bill to reform the justice system in the military as to sexual assault crimes came after aggressive action by three female senators, with Missouri’s Sen. Claire McCaskill in the forefront. Perhaps the most significant provision of the Victims Protection Act is that the “good soldier” defense for service members accused of assault would be banned under most circumstances. Also, alleged victims would be allowed formal input in whether their case is tried in military or civilian court.

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