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Gillibrand: remove military chiefs from sexual assault investigations

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The chiefs of the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force are all expressing their opposition to removing the chain of command from sexual assault investigations.

The Senate Armed Services Committee called the hearing over new legislation that would give responsibility to military prosecutors, instead of commanders.

Martin Dempsey, Joint Chiefs Chair General, testified that sexual assault is a serious problem, but one that commanders are equipped to handle.

"Our force has within it the moral courage to change course and reaffirm our professional ethos. Working together we can and will restore trust within the force and with the American people," he said. 

According to Dempsey, the goal should be to make commanders more accountable, not taking them out of the process. 

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the bill that would remove the chain of command from the process victims go through to get their claims heard.

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