Rep. Chellie Pingree backs bill to help Survivors of Sexual Assault in the Military

Augusta - Service members who have been raped or sexually assaulted may get help receiving care and benefits thanks to a new bill backed by Representative Chellie Pingree.

 

Congresswoman Pingree and Democratic Senator, Jon Tester of Montana announced the bill in Washington today. Their legislation would make it easier for survivors of sexual abuse in the military to get benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

 

This proposal comes in response to some alarming statistics. According to the Defense Department, one in three service women report being sexually assaulted... but the Pentagon estimates more than 80% of military sexual assault incidents are not reported.

 
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Lindsey joined the WVII ABC7 and WFVX FOX Bangor news team in January of 2012. Raised in Arlington, Mass., Lindsey graduated from Endicott College located in Beverly, Mass. where she majored in Communication. While attending college on the North Shore Lindsey ran the campus newspaper, the Endicott Observer, lead the Endicott Gulls field hockey team as Captain in the 2009 & 2010 seasons, and played for the women’s club hockey team.

For two years Lindsey worked at WCVB Channel 5 News Boston as an ENG producer and writer, while also filling in for various positions in
Chronicle, the station’s nightly news magazine. Additionally, Lindsey contributed to the production of two MDA Labor Day telethons.

When she’s not in the field she can be found on the ice. Lindsey helps out with Brewer’s Youth Hockey Learn to Skate & Learn to Play program and plays on a men’s league team. She also helped to establish Brewer’s first youth under-12 girl’s hockey team.

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