Heinrich To Join Bipartisan Group Of Senators To Demand Congress Finally Address Crisis Of Military Sexual Assault And Protect Service Members

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, November 16th, at 9 a.m. MT/ 11 a.m. ET, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and a bipartisan group of colleagues will stand with survivors and advocates to re-introduce the Military Justice Improvement Act. In recent months, scandal after scandal has shown, despite years of efforts and small reforms, how pervasive sexual assault and harassment remain in the military. The bipartisan Military Justice Improvement Act would remove the decision over whether to prosecute serious crimes from the military chain-of-command and give it to independent, trained military prosecutors. This legislation would professionalize how the military prosecutes serious crimes like sexual assault, and remove the systemic fear that survivors of military sexual assault describe in deciding whether to report the crimes committed against them.  

The press conference will stream live on Senator Heinrich's Facebook page.   

WHAT: Press conference on the introduction of the Military Justice Improvement Act 

WHEN: Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 9 a.m. MT/11 a.m. ET

WHERE:  SVC-215