WASHINGTON — Members of Maine’s congressional delegation continue to focus on addressing the myriad of issues tied to sexual assault in the armed forces and, in some cases, are getting positive responses from military officials.

The latest example came Friday when the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, released new guidelines intended to give victims of sexual assault more peace of mind when applying for security clearance. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, was among those leading the push for the changes.

The issue focused on a question on the security clearance form that asks applicants whether they have received counseling during the past seven years. Current policies allow respondents to answer “no”

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