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Military sexual assault agreement advances without Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s reforms

Members of the House and Senate armed services committees came to an agreement Monday on adding new protections for victims of sexual assault in the military, but the proposal in the defense authorization bill does not include the more sweeping reforms introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and leaves the prosecution of sexual assault cases within the military chain of command.

A Pentagon survey released this year revealed an alarming rise in sexual assault in the military, from an estimated 19,000 in 2010 to 26,000 in 2012.

More on the agreement from the Wall Street Journal:

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