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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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