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Disagreement in Washington on how to best handle military sex assault
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Pentagon is laying out new initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual assaults in the military--but some lawmakers are already saying the new guidelines don't go far enough.
There were at least 26,000 cases of unwanted sexual contact in the military just last year.
In a new memo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced immediate steps to improve victim support, strengthen investigations, and ensure regular review of prosecutions.
But Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is pushing legislation that would take decisions about whether to prosecute sexual assault cases out of the military's hands.
Instead, she prefers an independent, non-military justice system.