Legislators pushing for bill to crack down on sexual offenders in the military

(CBS42)
(CBS42)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1369693789&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4073617&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1369693789 type=script]WASHINGTON D.C. (WIAT) — While Americans pause on Memorial Day to remember military members who have passed away, many legislators in Washington are pushing to protect those who have been victims of sexual assaults while serving the country.

Congress is taking on the issue with a bill that would crack down on offenders.

The bill would also prohibit commanders from overturning sexual assault convictions.

President Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addressed the issue at military graduations over the weekend.

“We have to be determined to stop these crimes, because they’ve got no place in the greatest military on Earth,” President Barack Obama said.

According to a report from the Pentagon, the number of military members who have been sexually assaulted is up 37 percent from 2010.

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