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Joni Ernst in Support of Removal of Assault Cases from Military Chain of Command

Posted on in Criminal Defense

Republican Joni Ernst, who is currently in the running for the Senate, and is a veteran of the United States military, has admitted that she has experienced first-hand the incidents of sexual harassment that occur in the American military. As a result of her experiences, she will now be backing attempts to remove cases involving sexual assault from the military chain of command. Her position puts her in confrontation with much of the Republican Party.

In an interview, Ernst admitted that they were several incidents of sexual harassment that were targeted at her. She had inappropriate comments made at her, and other service members made passes at her. In some cases, she was able to tell the men to stop behaving badly. But, for many women in the military, speaking out is simply too intimidating and risky.

Ernst was deployed in Iraq in 2003-2004, and if elected, would be the first female combat vet to serve as an American senator. She is speaking out in support of legislation that has been drafted by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and would refer all sexual harassment cases in the American military to the Judge Advocates General's Corp.

However, according to Ernst, while she's not endorsing Gillibrand's bill, she will seek bipartisan support for new legislation that targets this very serious issue, and for working together to refer all cases of sexual harassment and assault in the military to an independent investigator that is outside the military chain of command.

This puts her against most of the people in her own party, the majority of who oppose any such move to transfer assault cases to an independent investigator.. Most Republicans are against taking the investigative process outside the military chain of combat command, and even the Pentagon is completely against such a move.

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