H.R. 2227: To improve the response to and prevention of sexual assaults involving members of the Armed Forces.

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Jun 03, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2227

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 3, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services

A BILL

To improve the response to and prevention of sexual assaults involving members of the Armed Forces.

1.

Review and policy regarding Department of Defense investigative practices in response to allegations of sex-related offenses

(a)

Review

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall conduct a review of the practices of the military criminal investigative organizations (Army Criminal Investigation Command, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and Air Force Office of Special Investigation) regarding the investigation of alleged sex-related offenses involving members of the Armed Forces, including the extent to which the military criminal investigative organizations make a recommendation regarding whether an allegation of a sex-related offense appears founded or unfounded.

(b)

Policy

After conducting the review required by subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall develop a uniform policy for the Armed Forces, to the extent practicable, regarding the use of case determinations to record the results of the investigation of a sex-related offense. In developing the policy, the Secretary shall consider the feasibility of adopting case determination methods, such as the uniform crime report, used by nonmilitary law enforcement agencies.

(c)

Sex-Related offense defined

In this section, the term sex-related offense includes—

(1)

any offense covered by section 920, 920a, 920b, 920c, or 925 of title 10, United States Code (article 120, 120a, 120b, 120c, or 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice); or

(2)

an attempt to commit an offense specified in a paragraph (1) as punishable under section 880 of such title (article 80 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice).

2.

Development of selection criteria for assignment as Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program Managers, Sexual Assault Response Coordinators, and Sexual Assault Victim Advocates

(a)

Qualifications for assignment

Section 1602(e)(2) of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 ( Public Law 111–383 ; 10 U.S.C. 1561 note; 124 Stat. 4431) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subparagraph (B) as subparagraph (C); and

(2)

by striking subparagraph (A) and inserting the following new subparagraphs:

(A)

the qualifications necessary for a member of the Armed Forces or a civilian employee of the Department of Defense to be selected for assignment to duty as a Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program Manager, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, or Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, whether assigned to such duty on a full-time or part-time basis;

(B)

consistent with section 584(c) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 ( Public Law 112–81 ; 10 U.S.C. 1561 note; 125 Stat. 1433), the training, certification, and status of members of the Armed Forces and civilian employees of the department assigned to duty as Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program Managers, Sexual Assault Response Coordinators, and Sexual Assault Victim Advocates for the Armed Forces; and

.

(b)

Conforming amendments

Section 584 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 ( Public Law 112–81 ; 10 U.S.C. 1561 note; 125 Stat. 1432) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(2), by inserting who satisfy the selection criteria established under section 1602(e)(2) of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 ( Public Law 111–383 ; 10 U.S.C. 1561 note; 124 Stat. 4431) after Defense; and

(2)

in subsection (b)(2), by inserting who satisfy the selection criteria established under section 1602(e)(2) of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 after Defense.

3.

Uniform training and education programs for sexual assault prevention and response program

Section 585(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 ( Public Law 112–81 ; 125 Stat. 1434; 10 U.S.C. 1561 note) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1)

(A)

in the first sentence, by striking Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of each military department shall develop a curriculum to provide sexual assault prevention and response training and education for members of the Armed Forces under the jurisdiction of the Secretary and civilian employees of the military department and inserting Not later than June 30, 2014, the Secretary of Defense shall develop a uniform curriculum to provide sexual assault prevention and response training and education for members of the Armed Forces and civilian employees of the Department of Defense ; and

(B)

in the second sentence, by inserting including lesson plans to achieve core competencies and learning objectives, after curriculum,; and

(2)

in paragraph (3)

(A)

by striking Consistent training.—The Secretary of Defense shall ensure and inserting Uniform training.—The Secretary of Defense shall require; and

(B)

by striking consistent and inserting uniform.