Biden Targets ‘Scourge’ of Sexual Assault in the Military

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Speaking on International Women’s Day, President Joe Biden on Monday pledged to tackle what he called the “scourge” of sexual assault in the U.S. military while also ordering a review of rules from Donald Trump’s administration dealing with such crimes on college campuses, reports The Guardian. After announcing the nomination of two female officers, Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost and Lt Gen. Laura Richardson, to become four-star commanders, the president spoke about what the U.S. can do to make sure that all women are fully supported and respected in their careers within the US military, from fair promotions, to making sure women’s careers do not suffer when they have children, to ensuring that the military supplies “body armor that fits women properly.”

And in a first step toward reversing a contentious Trump administration policy, Biden ordered his administration to review federal rules guiding colleges in their handling of campus sexual assaults. Biden directed the education department to examine rules that the Trump administration issued around Title IX, the federal law that forbids sex discrimination in education. Biden directed the agency to “consider suspending, revising or rescinding” any policies that fail to protect students.

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