Congressman Cisneros (D-CA39) gathers information about dealing with sexual assault in the military

This week at the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Military Personnel hearing, Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. listened to survivors, advocates, and former servicemembers about their experience in dealing with sexual assault cases in the U.S. military.

The hearing testimony highlighted the limited training many commanding officers receive regarding how to handle sexual assault allegations within their units and the impacts that these crimes have on our service members. Rep. Cisneros learned about the quality of the training commanding officers receive for how to handle sexual assault allegations. Navy Lt. CMDR Erin Elliot, a survivor herself, replied that she received only three days of legal training, two hours of which was focused on sexual assault cases.

Rep. Cisneros is a 10-year Navy veteran and former Lt. CMDR and supply and logistics officer. He has also cosponsored and voted in support of H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2019, a bipartisan, robust, and long-term reauthorization of VAWA.

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