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Petoskey Public Meeting
U.S. Representative Dan Benishek M.D. (MI-01) will be hosting a public meeting on July 15 in Petoskey to discuss his efforts to address sexual assaults in the U.S. Military. This meeting is open to the public and veterans and interested citizens are encouraged to attend to share their thoughts and give feedback on this important issue.
In 2012, the Defense Department estimated that 26,000 sexual assaults occurred in the military just last year. Of those, only 3,400 were reported, meaning 87% of sexual assaults in the military went unreported.
Recently, Dr. Benishek worked with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to offer bipartisan legislation in Congress that reforms the way the military handles sexual assault cases and makes sure victims aren’t afraid to report a crime.