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Senator McSally requests sexual assault task force

Martha McSally
Posted at 4:18 AM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 09:52:29-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Senator Martha McSally requested the immediate formation of a department of defense task force to combat sexual assault.

The Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan agreed to take steps to form the task force. In the short-term, the focus will be on improving sexual assault response including investigation and prosecutions.

Senator McSally has been working with Air Force leaders on ways to improve sexual assault response. At a hearing she recently revealed she was raped by a superior while serving in the Air Force.

Senator McSally and Shanahan agreed on the need to broaden efforts to all military services.

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