Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force to improve the quality of sexual assault prevention training for their prospective commanders and senior enlisted leaders. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas along with Congressman Mike Turner wrote the law, Defense STRONG, which requires servicemembers to receive sexual assault prevention and response training as they gain seniority
Congresswoman Tsongas released the following statement.
"The horrific incidents at Lackland Air Force Base have revealed, once again, that we have a long way to go to address the scourge of sexual assault in the military. Making improvements to the training we provide servicemembers was an important component of the Defense STRONG legislation I authored, and that was passed into law late last year. The Secretary's announcement today appears to take the law seriously and I appreciate his continued efforts to work with us to reduce the unacceptably high incidence of this crime. I look forward to seeing the results of their review early next year.
"I, along with members of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, will be watching very closely to ensure that the Department of Defense not only does what it is legally required to do but also makes progress in eliminating sexual assault within its ranks."