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Chairs Of Servicewomen & Women Veterans Congressional Caucus Demand Congressional Hearings On Spc. Vanessa Guillen Murder, Comprehensive Review Of Sexual Harassment And Assault In The Armed Forces

Washington, July 30, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Servicewomen & Women Veterans Congressional Caucus Chairwoman Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) and Vice Chairs Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), Elaine Luria (D-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) requested that the House and Senate Armed Services Committees hold hearings into the murder of Spc. Vanessa Guillen, support legislative proposals to address sexual assault and misconduct and work to implement policies that root out the culture of sexual harassment and assault in the Armed Forces. The four Representatives are U.S. military veterans and launched the Servicewomen and Women Veterans Caucus last year to ensure Congress does more to support both women currently serving and women veterans.

“Spc. Vanessa Guillen and her family deserve a comprehensive congressional response to her murder and the conditions that enabled her abuser. It is far past time for Congress to fulfill its responsibility to our men and women in uniform and fix this broken system,” the Members wrote.

The Members also highlighted two amendments in the National Defense Authorization Act from Representatives Jackie Speier and Tulsi Gabbard that passed the House last week which address the culture of sexual harassment and assault in the Armed Forces.

The full text of the letter can be found below: