Female Senators Lead Charge Against Military Sexual Assault

[CBS News]

The Pentagon’s top brass will be in the hot seat Tuesday, facing lawmakers who are furious about the rise in sexual assaults in the military.

The questions come after a month of bad news from the military after a series of incidents revealed a sexual assault problem that appeared out of control. And in the past couple of weeks, the pressure has only increased, especially from one vocal group of U.S. senators.

In Congress, women are leading the charge, CBS News’ Jan Crawford reported on “CBS This Morning.” Democrats and Republicans are focused on sexual assaults in the military. On the Senate Armed Services Committee, their voices are louder than ever. Women hold a record seven seats, almost a third of the committee’s members.

Sen. Kay Hagen, D-N.C., said, “We are demanding that change take place. … This is a crime and we’re going to address it as a crime, and the perpetrators are going to be kicked out of the military.”

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