Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Mimi Walters (California-45) recently cosponsored legislation to raise awareness about sexual assault and provide military prosecutors the authority to prosecute and deter sexually motivated crimes in our military.
“Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, resulting in nearly 325,000 rapes and sexual assaults each year. Last week, I joined a bipartisan group of my colleagues to cosponsor a bill recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Bringing attention and awareness to this issue is a critical first step to stop these heinous crimes.
“Sadly, men and women serving in our armed forces experience unacceptably high rates of sexual assault. These service members also face cyber-harassment and the distribution of intimate photos and videos on social media, as evidenced by the recent “Marine United” scandal. To deter such unacceptable behavior that damages our military’s morale, I cosponsored the PRIVATE Act. Offered by Air Force veteran and Arizona Representative Martha McSally, this legislation would criminalize this disgraceful behavior under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. This important reform would give military prosecutors the necessary tools to take legal action against those who carry out this reprehensible behavior.
“I am pleased my colleagues in Congress are making sexual assault awareness and prevention a top priority and look forward to working with them to put an end to this appalling epidemic.”
Walters represents California’s 45th District and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.