Washington, DC - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco, San Mateo) today responded to a statement from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s spokesman George Little that the Secretary will issue “very direct guidance” in the coming month to address sexual assault and rape in the military:


“Obviously the Department of Defense is feeling pressure from many directions, including Congress, Veterans, members of the military, support groups, and the public. I look forward to hearing details about the very direct guidance from the Secretary. We want to see actions, not promises.”


Speier introduced the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act—the STOP Act, H.R. 3435, on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 which would take the reporting, oversight, investigation, and victim care of sexual assaults out of the hands of the military’s normal chain of command and place jurisdiction in the newly created, autonomous Sexual Assault Oversight and Response Office comprised of civilian and military experts.

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