Congressman Mike Turner, Co-Chair of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, released the following statement after meeting with White House officials and a group of bipartisan, bicameral lawmakers on the issue of sexual assault in the military:


“Today’s meeting was a positive discussion about the path forward legislatively on the issue of sexual assault in the military. The White House and Congressional members in attendance were in agreement on the need to change the culture in the military which discourages the reporting of sexual assaults. In addition, with the legislative proposals that are seriously being discussed, there are opportunities to further collaboration to create an overarching effort in the coming House and Senate National Defense Authorization Acts. I feel that there is positive momentum on this issue. I’d like to thank the White House for listening to us today. It is my hope they continue to play an active role in this issue which has a direct impact on the safety and morale of our men and women in uniform.”