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[VIDEO] CNN: Military rape survivor: Sen. McCaskill betrayed us

In case you missed it, Protect Our Defenders Advocacy Committee Member, Veteran, and Founder of Women Veterans Social Justice, BriGette McCoy was on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper to discuss the epidemic of military sexual assault and Congress’ failure to pass fundamental reform.


The U.S. Senate this week defeated an impassioned legislative push to reduce the growing problem of sex assault in the armed forces by overhauling the way the military prosecutes serious crimes.

A bill championed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand failed to get the 60 votes needed for passage, by a vote of 55 to 45. The measure would have removed military commanders from deciding whether most serious allegations of wrongdoing by their subordinates should be prosecuted. The responsibility would have been shifted to prosecutors outside the chain of command.

Sen. Claire McCaskill led the effort to defeat Gillibrand’s bill, a move military sexual assault survivor BriGette McCoy slammed.

Watch here.