Reps. Bruce Braley and Jackie Speier speak with Protect Our Defenders members as they deliver letters thanking the 125 co-sponsors of Speier's Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
A cadre of sexually mistreated warriors brought their very personal battle to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, huddling with Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) to champion changes in the handling of military rape.
The morale-killing crisis is exhaustively chronicled in the film “The Invisible War,” an unflinching look at sexually abused service members who, until now, had been kept at bay by bureaucracy and indifference.
Speier introduced the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act last fall. The bipartisan bill, which aims to create autonomous oversight of reported rapes, has 125 co-sponsors.