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Reuters: Retaliation hurts military bid to curb sexual assault: report

Protect Our Defenders is mentioned in this Reuters article:

“The U.S. military’s progress in getting people to report sexual assaults isn’t going to continue as long as retaliation for making a report goes unpunished,” said Sara Darehshori, a counsel at Human Rights Watch who helped write the report.

The group urged Congress to reform the whistleblower act to give military personnel the same protection as civilians. It also recommended lawmakers bar the military from charging sexual assault victims with minor misconduct disclosed in reporting an attack, like underage drinking.

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