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Walorski wants to stop sexual assault in the military

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A new report out this week says sexual assault in the military has risen by over 30 percent in the last few years.  Top aides to President Obama and members of Congress have met to discuss how to solve the problem.  Indiana's Jackie Walorski was at those meetings.

She along with a Congresswoman from California have introduced a bill to protect victims of sexual assault.  Specifically the bill would protect them if they report the incident.  She said people are afraid of retaliation within the military system if they come forward about sexual abuse. Walorski says that needs to change because the numbers are too high.  "I was appalled.  I was absolutely appalled.  It is, it really is something you have to have a zero tolerance for," said Walorski.

Walorski said the goal of her bill is to create a safe zone for people to report sexual assault.  She said only after it's accurately reported can it be dealt with.  After her meeting at the White House she's optimistic that will happen.  "We're gonna see a major bipartisan group of women that once and for all and working with the president once and for all shutting this issue down and being able to eradicate."

Walorski said there is a lot of bipartisan support for her bill.  It's been assigned to the armed services committee and will start on the Senate side soon.

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