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US House considering jail time for military sexual assault

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The United States House is considering a defense bill that includes a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for a member of the military who is convicted of rape or sexual assault in a military court.

The growing number of sexual assaults in the armed forces has been a focus for lawmakers in recent months. The new measure was proposed by congressman Mike Turner (R-OH), who said a military uniform should not be a reason to keep someone out of jail.

Lawmakers seem to be determined to stop the epidemic of sexual assaults in the armed forces and hope to ensure victims their allegations will not be disregarded once reported.

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