Noem looks to crack down on military sexual assaults - KOTA Territory News

Noem looks to crack down on military sexual assaults

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There were a reported 26,000 sexual assault cases in the military last year, a dramatic increase from previous years.  

Republican State representative, Kristi Noem says the focus shouldn't be on numbers, but rather how to fix the problem.

Recently Noem help write a bill to crack down on sexual assault against women in the military.

The bill requires anyone found guilty of a sex related crime receive a punishment that includes, at a minimum, a dismissal from military service or a dishonorable discharge.

The bill also aims to take away the power of military commanders to overturn convictions in rape and assault cases.   

"We just have to make sure that we are perpetuating culture within the military that really knows that this is not acceptable," said Noem. 

The bill past legislation and will be voted on next week.

Noem says there are millions of men and women who serve with great honor everyday, and hopes the controversy does not take away from the incredible sacrifices so many servicemen and women make every day.

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