By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is co-sponsoring legislation requiring all branches of the military to permanently preserve records on sexual assault cases.

“In ’09 there were a total of over 3,000 reports of sexual assault from people who are serving in the military. That was an 11 percent increase over ’08,” said Klobuchar.

The Department of Defense estimates only about 14 percent of sexual assaults are reported.

“The rules are really antiquated and all of the data is not stored,” said Klobuchar.

A survey by the American Legion among women veterans shows nearly 40 percent of female veterans were dissatisfied with the VA’s screening process for military sexual trauma.

Klobuchar says the increased number of women in the military has brought more urgency for her proposal.

“It provides for uniform storage of this data so that victims later can go back, prosecutors can go back and access that data,” the Minnesota Democrat said.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

Comments (21)
  1. Norge says:

    A nation drowning in debt, and unemployment, millions losing their homes to the unscrupulous practices of BofA and Chase, and Wells Fargo and Citi, The administration using the EPA to block development of energy and resource development in northren MN costing thousands of jobs and benefits, and this ding-bat takes front and center on the stage and races towards the cameras to promote “womens issues”??? Where is her head at?? 90% of families primary income earners are MEN, so maybe lets get the men back to work so families don’t suffer anymore! But Ding-bat Amy is front and center on periperial nonsense trying to tell the Armed Forces how to do their business when she never had the guts to serve herself. MN is represented in the US Senate by a Clown and a Ding-bat!

    1. Norge says:

      Did I mention thaqt she also wants to cut military spending during a time of WAR but wants to add the expense of more ‘Record Keeping’ to the military?? Why not spend that money on say…oohh body armor that works!!

      1. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

        When did Congress declare war on anyone?

      2. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

        This country is ALWAYS at ‘war’…………..

    2. Mika says:

      Wow, where are you getting your facts? In MN 40% of family’s primary income is from female head of households, FACT CHECK . Go back to the 1920’s where you belong…

  2. Nancy Aleshire says:

    This is not a bunch of nonsense. Our female members in the armed forces have a right to be free from sexual assault. Thank you Senator Klobuchar!!!

    1. lib says:

      Nancy, I would be more inpressed if Ms. kloburcher, would sponsor this legislation on a national leval. She is just an old hippie who hates the military and has never hid that fact.

      1. KB says:

        In case you didn’t know Senator Amy Klobuchar is a UNITED STATES senator, meaning that any legislation that she sponsors is at the national level!!!

        1. sad says:

          How about keeping a datq base on all sex offenders, why just the military, like say the somolis, ask Amy to keep a record of the offences committed by them. No way, they are her pet project. hands off they can committ any crime they want or do anything they want, how about the prayer room at north hennepin, that is a taxpayer funded school, of course no synagog. ask her opinion of sharia law.

  3. OnceaMarine... says:

    I would bet any records of sexual assaults, that are offically reported, are not thrown away.. How can the military keep records of somthing that isn’t reported at the time of the assault? Klobuchar has no business focusing our representation on something that would probably result in another duplication. She should pay attention to what is going on with the economy and the war. Either lead or get out of the way!

    1. Victim Du Jour says:

      US Troops have been working hard for the past ten years, now she is throwing them under the bus for something everyone knows is being over-hyped.

      1. Mike says:

        US Troops should not be immune from sexual abuse regardless how hard anyone works. Thank you Senator Amy Klobuchar for keeping our troops protected from our troops……..

  4. Keeping it real in Minnesota says:

    WAR is just POLITICS by other means.

  5. Victim Du Jour says:

    Amy Klobuchar should really learn about Due Process of the law.

    The Military has no business making a fake criminal record on people without a guilty verdict in a court Martial or a civilian trial.

    Lawyers are suppose to get punished for treason when they conspire against the constitution and civil rights.

  6. RIII says:

    Amy Klobuchar is fine example of our worthless elected officials. Grandstanding every week to get her name in the snewz shows that she only cares about getting re-elected. Promise the lazy a free lunch, the public workers unions more tax dollars and throw a few million dollars at a campaign and you too can become a Senator. It would be nice to see someone elected that actually worked for a living instead of people like Amy that have suckled at the public tit most of her life.

  7. Fun Guy says:

    I bet Ted Kennedy would have voted against this because of his past

  8. Victim Du Jour says:

    I wonder why Al Gore wasn’t automatically guilty when that Portland Massage Therapist said he grabbed her hand, and sexually assaulted her hand with his genitals while making silly Forrest Gump noises?

  9. Of the Troops and For the Troops says:

    Nice Von Clausewitz quote. More accurately, “War is the extension of of a states politics.” Now back to the subject at hand. As a former CID investigator in the U.S. Army not all sexual assault cases are handled appropriately. Often they are first handled by the soldier’s commander. This kind of misconduct is not conducive to a commanding officer’s career because it is demonstrative that the commander does not have control of his or hers subordinates and therefore the report of such assaults are often suppressed. Its only when the victim steps out of their direct chain of command that the Military Police and CID is eventually notified and even then higher level career field grade officer will sometimes try to put obstacles in the investigation hoping the victim would become frustrated or that the alleged perpetrator would be reassigned before the investigation is concluded by the Post’s CID office. Good for you Senator I support the bill. This not an “either or” situation. The military leadership reports to the civilian leadership of this country. So OnceaMarine that is how a democracy works and its show leadership and it is pro military but again I’ve never found Marines to be very intelligent.

  10. Leslie says:

    More re-election bs. I want to see our senators working on debt, jobs, national security, immigration, etc. That is what she will be judged on come 2012. This, the military dogs deal franken worked on, etc are fine causes but do not need to be hyped or even reported on in the press when we have much much larger issues faces this nation.

  11. Look at all the stupidity!!! says:

    Do you people think that because a rep wants to change something or try to pass something that they have the power to make it front page news just because they want to? That would be done by the place that is publishing the story and having “Sexual Assault” in a story gets noticed. Just because you do not find it something that should be in every paper does not mean that others do not like the story? So only the news you feel should be told should be print? I guess you all back free speech heavily.
    Second, no matter what, any time the news can put “Sexual Assault ” in bold print above a story you can bet it is going to be done. That is like the way that you always hear “pit bull attacks” but never any other kind of dog. Stop being so ignorant and just read the story, or not. We all do not have to hear every stupid little thought in your head. If we do please make sure it is at least some kind of intelligent comment and not something like “I don’t like this” as nobody cares what you are crying about right now. A saying comes to mind… It is better to be thought of as an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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