H.Con.Res. 397 (110th): Expressing the sense of the Congress regarding sexual assaults and rape in the military.

Jul 29, 2008 (110th Congress, 2007–2009)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Jane Harman
Representative for California's 36th congressional district
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Jul 29, 2008
5 pages
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H.Con.Res. 28 (111th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

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S.Con.Res. 97 (Related)
A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding sexual assaults and rape in ...

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Last Action: Sep 10, 2008


This resolution was introduced on July 29, 2008, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jul 29, 2008
Referred to Committee Jul 29, 2008

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38 cosponsors (29D, 9R) (show)

House Armed Services

Military Personnel

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H.Con.Res. stands for House concurrent resolution.

A concurrent resolution is often used for matters that affect the rules of Congress or to express the sentiment of Congress. It must be agreed to by both the House and Senate in identical form but is not signed by the president and does not carry the force of law.

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Library of Congress Summary

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Calls for the Secretary of Defense to develop a comprehensive strategy to increase and encourage investigation and prosecution of sexual assault and rape cases in the military.
Sets forth elements to be included in such strategy, including:
(1) requiring commanders to be held accountable for sexual assaults and rapes in their units and for disposition of such cases;
(2) developing prevention and response programs to create a culture that prevents sexual assault and rape in the military and encourages more reporting by victims;
(3) reviewing the capacity of the legal infrastructure in the military to investigate and prosecute effectively sexual assault cases;
(4) examining any barriers on military facilities to conducting effective investigations of sexual assault and rape cases; and
(5) ensuring that the command affords an alleged sexual assault victim an opportunity for a base transfer should a military protection order be issued.

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