Fischer: Both genders victims in military sexual assaults

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A bipartisan group of lawmakers aiming to combat sexual assault in the military says the White House is fully supportive of its efforts.

Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett met Thursday at the White House with members of the House and Senate, including Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer, to discuss steps to stop the growing number of sexual assaults in the uniformed services.

Republican Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio, a sponsor of legislation and a participant in Thursday's meeting, said the group discussed the various bills in Congress. Fischer says the issue involves assaults on both geners, with the majority of the complaints
coming from males.

Fischer says change is needed in the military culture, so victims are treated fairly and people report suspected assaults. The meeting was requested by the White House, and it comes after a report this week estimated that as many as 26,000 military members were sexually assaulted last year.

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