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S.871: Combating Military Sexual Assault Act of 2013

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about armed forces and national security
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Sponsor Patty Murray, D-Wash.
Total Cosponsors 38 (24 Democrats, 1 Independent, 13 Republicans)
Introduced May 7, 2013
Latest Major Action June 4, 2013
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Bill Summary

Combating Military Sexual Assault Act of 2013 - Directs each military department Secretary to implement a program providing a Special Victims' Counsel (Counsel) to a victim of a sexual assault committed by a member of the Armed Forces (member). Outlines Counsel qualifications and duties, including providing advice and assistance in connection with criminal and civil legal matters related to the assault.

Allows a member or member dependent who is a victim of an assault by another member to receive Counsel assistance. Requires such victim to be informed of the availability of such assistance at the time the victim originally seeks assistance from a sexual response coordinator or sexual assault victim advocate, a military criminal investigator, a victim/witness liaison, a trial counsel, health care providers, or any other personnel designated by the Secretary concerned. Makes such assistance available regardless of whether the victim elects unrestricted or restricted (confide...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
June 4, 2013 Committee on Armed Services. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 113-320.
May 7, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services. (text of measure as introduced: CR S3162-3163)