Justice for military sex assault victims goal of new provision in Senate and House bills

Changes are being made to a bill concerning sexual harassment in the military.

Congresswoman Lois Frankel worked with former Coast Guard recruit Elisha Morrow of Boynton Beach on changing the measure in the House.

Morrow says she was sexually harassed by a company commander during boot camp in 2009.

New provisions in the bill would address a flaw which required proof of physical harm or threat, provides legal counsel to victims and criminalizes retaliation on a victim reporting a crime.

The house passed the changes last week.

"You feel in that situation that you have no one to stand up for you, that no one really cares and to see that not only that someone cares, but someone cares on such a level, to see the process in motion, it's fascinating, it's great," said Morrow.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday. Frankel says she teamed up with Senator Bill Nelson, who introduced the same measure in that legislative body.

The bill is expected to be signed into law. When that happens, changes would be effective immediately.


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