Since 2007, Congressman Turner has led the fight to combat sexual assault from our military.
As Co-Chairman of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, Congressman Turner has worked to successfully pass substantive, bipartisan legislation to change the flawed culture that has enabled sexual assault to occur in our Armed Forces. He has introduced and supported legislation aimed at assault prevention, protecting victims, and increasing tools for prosecution.
Specifically, Turner has helped enact legislation that has provided expedited transfers of victims, established a mandatory dishonorable discharge for convicted sex offenders, limits commander’s discretion to grant clemency, and established a Special Victims’ Counsel for victims of sexual assault—an unprecedented step forward in protecting victim rights.
In 2014, along with Congresswoman Tsongas, Congressman Turner introduced the FAIR Military Act, which takes powerful steps in the areas of prevention, prosecution, and protection. These groundbreaking reforms were successfully included in the final bipartisan 2015 National Defense Bill and hold our military leaders to the highest standard.
Most recently, Congressman Turner has supported the Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act of 2021. Unlike previous legislation that significantly undermined the commander’s efforts to ensure good order and discipline within the unit, under the MJIIPA, unit commanders maintain the authority to prosecute military-specific offenses and to otherwise address misconduct in the unit. This professionalizes the military justice process to improve the protection of victims and the accountability of alleged offenders while allowing unit commanders to retain visibility of their unit and focus on mission success.
More on Military Sexual Assault Prevention
|9/22/21||Turner Voices Support for FY2022 NDAA on House Floor|
|9/2/21||Turner Statement on Committee Passage of FY2022 NDAA|
|6/23/21||Speier, Turner Introduce Bipartisan Vanessa Guillén Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act to Remove Sexual Assault Prosecution Decisions from the Chain of Command|
|5/14/21||Rep. Mike Turner Endorses Senator Gillibrand’s Landmark Legislation to Combat Sexual Assault in the Military|
|5/28/20||TURNER and Davis Introduce Bill to Prevent Sexual Assault in the Military|
|12/10/19||TURNER Supports NDAA Conference Report|
|6/4/19||Turner and Davis Introduce Legislation to STOP Sexual Assault in the Military|
|8/29/18||TURNER, Tsongas Hold VA Accountable for Mishandling of Sexual Assault Survivor Benefit Claims|
|4/24/18||TURNER and Tsongas Introduce PERSIST Against MST Act|
|1/29/18||TURNER Co-introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Sexual Violence Data Collection|