March 10, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today praised the Senate passage of S. 1917, the Victims Protection Act of 2014.
“With the passage of the Victims Protection Act, we have concluded the most comprehensive revision to military justice since 1983," said Inhofe. "Since 2009, Congress has enacted 47 provisions either directly addressing sexual assault within the military or instituting reforms to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) to improve how these cases are managed. These important reforms, along with today’s passage of the Victims Protection Act, will help to ensure justice for victims, improve the environment where men and women can serve together, and sustain the fabric of our Armed Forces, the chain of command. As these measures are being implemented, the Senate Armed Services Committee will closely monitor the performance of the Department of Defense and our military leaders."
On Jan. 29, 2014 the Response Systems Panel, established by Section 576 of the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, issued an interim report concluding there is no evidence that removing authority to convene courts-martial from commanders will reduce the incidence of sexual assault or increase reporting of this crime in the Armed Forces.
Inhofe worked with SASC Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) in the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act to include a package of 36 provisions to enhance sexual assault prevention and response, including the following: