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Opinion

JULIETTE KAYYEM

The military’s sexual assault non-solution

Rarely does a bureaucratic institution, in this case the Pentagon, ask Congress to take away its own power. But that is exactly what happened when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asked Congress this week, after an internal review of sexual assault cases, to change the laws governing military justice. His request: Congress should limit the legal latitude given to commanders who have often abused their stature to protect sexual assailants.

In other words, Congress should tie the military’s own hands.

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