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Senator would fire commanders allowing assault

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WASHINGTON — From Congress to the White House, pressure is mounting to hold military commanders accountable for the rising number of sexual assaults in the armed services.

‘‘This needs to end,’’ Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and a member of the Armed Services Committee, said Sunday. ‘‘When a victim comes forward, they should have an advocate to walk them through the military justice system, and commanders who allow this to continue to allow this to flourish quite frankly should be fired.’’

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said the military’s future includes both men and women in leadership, and cultural changes are needed ‘‘when it comes to the command structure’’ to make sexual assault and harassment ‘‘unacceptable, intolerable; and those who engage in it should pay a price.’’

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