Sen. Deb Fischer says she is looking for effective solutions, not just a political response to a growing problem in the military: sexual assault.
A report released by the Pentagon disclosed that reports of sexual assault on American military bases are up by 6%. An average of 70 sexual assaults occurred each day in the military, according to the report.
Such claims have caught the attention of President Barack Obama. He invited several members of Congress to the White House to discuss the issue. Fischer, as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was among those invited.
Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during her weekly conference call that several solutions have been floated, some have intrigued her. She says the issue must be addressed in a manner that leads to true change.
“To make sure that, first of all that it doesn’t happen, but if it does that victims are treated with respect and their needs are addressed,” Fischer says.
Congress created a panel to review the issue, but it is not expected to report its findings until next year.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]