WASHINGTON, DC – The #IAmVanessaGuillen Bill is set to be introduced today in Washington DC.
The bipartisan bill will be the start of what most hope to be many more changes within the military force. Active-duty members will now be given the opportunity to file any sexual harassment or assault claims through a third-party agency instead of reporting through their chain of command.
The slain Fort Hood soldier’s case went international after she initially went missing back in April and her family reported that she had been sexually assaulted by her superior.
Guillen’s remains were found months later in a shallow grave.
In outrage, hundreds and thousands of other female soldiers began to reveal their stories of sexual assault while in active line of duty.
Congress says this new bill will make any report of sexual harassment or assault a crime under military law and would immediately remove prosecutions out of the chain of command.