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Shaheen outlines measures against sexual assault

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says using the expertise of the University of New Hampshire’s National Criminal Justice Center to train military officers and first responders will have an impact in the fight against sexual assaults in the military.

Shaheen joined law enforcement officials and military personnel yesterday at UNH for a roundtable discussion on efforts to improve sexual assault prevention. She outlined provisions she included in the National Defense Authorization Act to address the issue, including a measure to use resources at law centers like UNH’s training center.

The provision introduced by Shaheen requests a comprehensive review from the Department of Defense for the coordination and incorporation of civilian law enforcement’s best practices in sexual assault prevention and response.

“We have a responsibility to act,” said Shaheen, who was joined by members of the New Hampshire National Guard and the Dover Police Department. “The Department of Defense has had a zero tolerance policy on sexual assault for over two decades. Yet, we’re still having this discussion instead of implementing reforms. If we continue to avoid the fundamental issues, 20 years from now we will find ourselves in the exact same place. We can’t let that

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