Kuster, Katko, Speier, Joyce Hold Bipartisan Roundtable on Military Sexual Trauma
**The Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence co-chairs, Reps. Annie Kuster (D-NH), Dave Joyce (R-OH), Jackie Speier (D-CA), and John Katko (R-NY), along with Task Force member Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), heard from panelists during today’s roundtable**
Washington, July 27, 2021
Tags: Ending Sexual Violence
**Watch the full Task Force roundtable HERE**
Washington, D.C. — Today, Reps. Annie Kuster (D-NH), Dave Joyce (R-OH), Jackie Speier (D-CA), and John Katko (R-NY), co-chairs of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, hosted a virtual roundtable on military sexual violence and discussed steps Congress can take to bolster resources for survivors and ensure perpetrators are held accountable.
Earlier this month, the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military released its report and recommendations.
“Despite decades of military leaders stating clearly that sexual violence and harassment has ‘no place in our Armed Forces,’ the reality our service members still face on the ground is very different,” said Rep. Kuster. “We must ensure every service member can focus their attention where it is needed: protecting our homeland and keeping Americans safe. Today’s roundtable is an important step forward to reform our military sexual assault system, and I will continue working across the aisle to end sexual violence within our Armed Forces.”
The Task Force was joined by:
— Col. Don Christensen, U.S. Air Force (ret)., President of Protect Our Defenders
— Glenna Tinney, former co-chair of the DOD/VA Subcommittee of the National Task Force Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
— Sharyn Potter, Co-Director, Prevention Innovations Research Center at the University of New Hampshire
— Meghan Tokash, Assistant US Attorney for the Western District of NY and Member of the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military
— Cindy Dyer, former Director of the Office of Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice and Member of the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military
— Cailin Crockett, senior advisor to the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military
Last month, Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH-02) and Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH-14) introduced the bipartisan National Sexual Assault Hotline Grants Reauthorization Act, legislation to reauthorize important federal grants for the National Sexual Assault Hotline (NSAH). NSAH, operated by RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), is the nation’s primary provider of services to survivors of sexual violence and includes the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline (NSAOH).