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Dept. of Defense Gives New Provisions to Military's Victims of Sexual Assault

UNDATED -- New provisions handed down from the Department of Defense are giving sexual assault victims in the military rights they never had before.

It's all thanks to the fight from Congressman Mike Turner and a local mother.

"I believe that Maria would be alive today if the marines had provided a more effective system to protect the victims of sexual assault," said Mary Lauterbach in front of Congress back in 2008.

Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, Mary's daughter, and her unborn baby were murdered in December 2007 by the man Maria says raped her while at Camp LeJuene.

"The vast, vast majority of sexual assaults in the military are not reported because people are too afraid to report them," said Mary.

Maria's burned and beaten body was found buried in her accused rapist and convicted killer Cesar Laurean's backyard. 

But, there's more justice for Maria.

"They make certain that a victim has legal council, throughout the whole process so they understand what their legal rights are and how to protect themselves," said Representative Mike Turner, (R) Ohio District 10.

The provisions also remove the accused from the situation and not the victim.

"It gives more meaning to what happened to Maria," said Mary, "at least there is some good that can be gained from what happened."

It's a battle won in honor of Maria - but there's still a war left to win.

"I personally will not rest until any person who is sexually assaulted feels completely comfortable and confident and going in and reporting an assault," said Mary.

 
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