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[VIDEO] CNN: Survivors of military sex assaults frustrated with legislation

Protect Our Defenders Advocacy Committee Member BriGette McCoy discusses sexual assault in the military with Jake Tapper on CNN’s The Lead:


Prior to Senate approval of what has been called watered-down legislation that preserves the authority of military commanders to decide whether to prosecute rape and other sexual assaults, some survivors of those kinds of attacks feel betrayed all over again.

While they appreciate the measure pushed by Sen. Claire McCaskill that cleared the chamber overwhelmingly on Monday and was on its way to the House, they are frustrated because they believe it doesn’t go far enough.

“It’s an example of what has already happened,” said Sarah Plummer, a Marine Corps veteran and a sexual assault survivor who now tries to help other victims. “It’s small steps.”

Watch BriGette’s interview here.