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A proposal that would remove the investigation and prosecution of military sexual assault cases from the military’s control received surprising bipartisan support this week. Among the proposals’ 35 U.S. Senate co-sponsors, six are Republicans, including Tea Party Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas. The Armed Services Committee Chairman, the White House, and military leaders oppose the bill.
Catholic Church Lobbies to Avert Sex Abuse Lawsuits (Los Angeles Times)
The Catholic Church is fighting a new California bill that, for one year, would remove the statue of limitations for filing child sex abuse charges. The Church feels it is being unfairly targeted because the bill does not apply to public agencies, including public schools. In addition to lobbying, Church officials are seeking the support of parishioners. Proponents argue the bill is essential because it can take decades for victims to recognize abuse and seek help.
Protesters Call for Stricter Sanctions on Colleges That Mishandle Sexual Assault (Chronicle of Higher Education)
On Monday, dozens of students and recent graduates rallied outside of the U.S. Department of Education to support stricter action against colleges that mishandle sexual assault cases. Protesters also delivered a petition to the undersecretary of education. The document had over 100,000 signatures and called for fines, prompt investigations, inclusion of complainants in the resolution, and broader enforcement efforts.