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U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, right, with Lisa Wilken, who advocates on behalf of military sexual assault victims, in a screen grab from the lawmaker's latest political ad, on YouTube at (Screen Grab from video on Jackie Walorski YouTube page)
U.S. Rep. Walorski touts push against military sexual assaults, bipartisanship in new political ad
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.

Wednesday July 30, 2014

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski is out with her second ad of the political season, citing her push to combat military sexual assaults and, again, playing on the theme of bipartisanship.

"Jackie stands up for what she believes in and it doesn’t matter which party or who she’s up against,” Lisa Wilken, a veteran’s advocate, says.

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Walorski, seeking her second term to the 2nd District seat, which covers north-central Indiana, including Elkhart County, authored legislation last year aimed at fighting sexual assaults in the military. The measure, House Resolution 1864, passed unanimously in June 2013 and the language was eventually inserted into the military spending bill for 2014, inked into law last December.

Wilken, a U.S. Air Force enlistee sexually assaulted in a military dorm in 1993, touts Walorski’s efforts in the ad, which I saw for the first time earlier today. The woman also cites the “bipartisan” nature of the measure.

"Jackie Walorski has been a true champion for us,” says Wilken, who’s from Westfield in the Indianapolis area, according to a 2013 Indianapolis Star profile. “The bipartisan law that Jackie wrote is crucial to combating sexual assault in our armed forces.”

Walorski’s first ad, released in early July, zeroes in on the theme of bipartisanship. Her Democratic critics have blasted the one-term incumbent as a GOP partisan, and her Democratic opponent, Joe Bock, issued a statement decrying that first ad’s bipartisan claims.

Walorski’s provisions in the defense spending bill give those making reports of sexual assault protection as whistleblowers and requires investigations into charges of retaliatory action against victims.

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