Under New Law, Military Kids Get Sex Assault Protections

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In this Jan. 31, 2018 file photo, a mother whose daughter said she was sexually assaulted during first grade by a classmate at their elementary school on a U.S. military base in Germany, stands in her daughter's bedroom at their new home in Colorado. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
In this Jan. 31, 2018 file photo, a mother whose daughter said she was sexually assaulted during first grade by a classmate at their elementary school on a U.S. military base in Germany, stands in her daughter's bedroom at their new home in Colorado. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Defense Department must improve how it responds to child-on-child sexual assault at U.S. military bases worldwide under a new law signed by President Donald Trump.

The Pentagon has been addressing sexual assault in the ranks for a decade. But an Associated Press investigation found that sexual assaults among the children of service members often fall into a black hole of justice.

Under a new law signed Monday, students in Pentagon-run schools now get the same legal protections as their counterparts in U.S. public schools. Both the Pentagon's schools and the military also must overhaul how they address assault allegations.

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The Pentagon says it's studying the law but initial changes are coming to schools in September.

The reforms are part of defense legislation that also ups military pay and invests in advanced weaponry.

This article was written by Justin Pritchard and Reese Dunklin from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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