President Obama signs bill that tackles military sexual assault

BY newsdesk  December 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM EDT

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President Obama signed a defense bill Thursday that caps a yearlong push to battle sexual assault in the military. Photo by ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images

The Associated Press is reporting that President Barack Obama has signed a defense bill that will crack down on sexual assault within the U.S. military. With the new bill, convictions for sexual assault will no longer be allowed to be overturned by military commanders.

Reports of military sexual assaults had risen by 46 percent in the last fiscal year, with 3,553 reports of assault from October 2012 through June 2013. The new bill comes at the end of a yearlong push in the Senate to address the ongoing crisis.

The NewsHour examined the attempts to change the culture of sexual assault in the military in July.