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Arizona Sen. Martha McSally Looks To Reform How Armed Forces Deal With Sexual Assault

Arizona Sen. Martha McSally visited Luke Air Force Base in Glendale on Thursday to have what she called a candid discussion about sexual assault in the armed services. 

McSally said she met with commanders and junior airmen to discuss the challenges they are facing with sexual assault Air Force. She said education was key to preventing assaults in the first place.

“We’re very much also focusing on after an assault is reported," McSally said. "What can we do to improve the process of the investigations, the judicial process?”

McSally said she wants to give due process to victims and get it done in a timely manner.

“So many women and men have been through this both in our civilian society and in our military," she said. "It touches nearly every family, every community.”

The senator said she has spoken with high level officials in several branches of the military, and she has created a task force to look for specific policy changes that could be included in the National Defense Authorization Act.

Arizona Sen. Martha McSally At Luke AFB - March 21, 2019

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.