U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) released the following statement about the report of sexual assault in the military. In 2012, Sen. Toomey introduced a bill that was signed into law which helps to protect Veterans Affairs facility patients from sexual assault. Senator Toomey also co-sponsored a bipartisan amendment to help prevent sexual harassment in our armed forces. This amendment was enacted as part of the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.
"The Pentagon's own study about sexual assault in the military is deeply troubling to me. Sexual assault in our society is completely unacceptable, and I am very disappointed in the Pentagon's efforts to protect our service members from such attacks. Whether on active duty or in our veterans health care facilities, our service members and veterans are entitled to protection from sexual assault. This is the least we can do for those that have defended and continue to defend our freedom."