Tumult over military sexual assaults far from over

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) — The turmoil over how to end an epidemic of sexual assaults in the US military is far from over as Congress haggles over legislative remedies and new details emerge about a high-profile case involving an Army general and a female captain.

The Senate unanimously approved legislation this week to better protect victims within the ranks and ban the so-called “good soldier” defense to make sure a defendant’s fate is determined solely by the evidence.

But the House has signaled it won’t take up the bill immediately despite the momentum generated by the Senate’s 97-0 vote.

The trial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair at Fort Bragg also may act as a referendum on whether more dramatic changes in the military justice system would curb the number of sexual assaults.

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