Today, U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) announced he has joined a bipartisan bill to assist members of the military who have been victimized by sexual assault.
The "Support for Survivors Act" was originally introduced in March 2011 by U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO).
Currently, there is not one uniform policy for record keeping of sexual assaults across all branches of service. This legislation requires the Department of Defense to guarantee life-long storage of all records related to accounts of sexual assaults and sexual harassment. It also prevents the military from destroying sexual assault records of service members, and ensures that victims have access to treatment for the subsequent physical and emotional challenges.
"I am pleased to join this bipartisan effort to protect our service members from sexual assault and sexual harassment," said Sen. Brown, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Veterans' Affairs Committee. "This legislation empowers victims by providing them with the tools they need to confront their perpetrators and seek justice."