Military sexual assault bill passed

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By News 5 Staff

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Updated: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:49:19 CST

In Washington, a bill co-sponsored by Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer designed to combat military sexual assault was passed unanimously by the Senate yesterday.

The Victims Protection Act does away with the "Good Soldier" defense, which took into account the service record of an accused sexual offender.

Other changes include allowing victim input in the prosecution of perpetrators, and allowing sexual assault victims to challenge a discharge from military service.

In a statement, Senator Fischer said the Senate vote was a victory for all those working towards the shared goal of ending sexual assault in the military and protecting service men and women from those crimes.