RELEASE: SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES WOODHOUSE BILL TO ASSIST SURVIVORS OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA

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April 15, 2015

SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES WOODHOUSE BILL TO ASSIST SURVIVORS OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA

CARSON CITY - In a late night session yesterday, the Nevada Senate unanimously passed Sen. Joyce Woodhouse’s Senate Bill 268, which requires the Department of Veterans Services to create programs for military sexual assault survivors.

The bill was originally presented by Sen. Woodhouse and Sen. Pat Spearman to the Commerce, Labor, and Energy Committee on March 25th. The hearing included supporting testimony from veterans groups, domestic and sexual violence advocates, and military sexual assault survivors.

“Military sexual violence is an epidemic that affects thousands of service members, veterans, and their families every year,” said Sen. Woodhouse. “Creating these programs will put Nevada on the frontlines in working to address this issue and to help survivors heal.”

The bill creates in the State General Fund the Account to Assist Veterans Who Have Suffered Sexual Trauma to be administered by the Director of the Department of Veterans Services. The bill also authorizes the Department to apply for grants and accept gifts, grants, donations and any other source of money to fund additional programs. All money in the account will be required to be used for programs assisting veterans who have suffered sexual trauma while on active duty or during military training.

The bill is one of several pieces of legislation offered by Senate Democrats to assist military members and veterans, including a bill awaiting a final floor vote that would expand access to child care for military families.

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