“Sexual assault in the military is unacceptable,” Turner said. “BE HEARD will require Special Victims Counsel to undergo specialized training to better understand how survivors cope with the trauma of military sexual assault. BE HEARD also explicitly reinforces survivors’ rights throughout the judicial process, expanding access to the military’s highest court and ensuring timely legal representation while also improving protections for individuals who cannot represent themselves.”
Turner and Tsongas have collaborated on other bills addressing the issue of military sexual assault in the ranks.
“The BE HEARD Act takes important steps to correct deficiencies in the military justice system,” Tsongas said in a statement.