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TAKE ACTION NOW! Tell Congress: Support Victims of Military Sexual Trauma

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: women's rights, military, abuse, ethics, law, government, news, usa )

- 1910 days ago -
The Ruth Moore Act changes the standard so that survivor testimony is sufficient proof to access disability benefits for military sexual trauma.

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Carole K (195)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 6:47 pm
Noted & signed. TY, Cal!

Sara Williams (8)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 6:53 pm

Kevin A (64)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 7:44 pm
As a career police detective, I am acutely aware of the low conviction rate in sexual assault cases. First off, only about 40% of sexual assaults are even reported. Whether because of shame or fear, 60 % of victims do not report.

By the time investigations are done many cases are found to have been reported too late to find any physical evidence. In many cases, the horrified and embarrassed victim can't wait to get the feel of their attacker off of them, inadvertently destroying evidence. Such cases would likely not be filed by prosecutors. Less than perhaps 20% of cases are prosecuted. None of these people are any less a victim, any less affected by their victimization.

The trick here is to prevent fraud. To qualify for these benefits, in lieu of a filed police report, perhaps victims could have a signed statement by a mental health professional attesting to the claimant’s treatment for issues directly tied to a military duty related sexual assault.

Erin R (181)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 7:54 pm
n & s

Susanne R (235)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 10:57 pm
I've already signed this one, too, but I'm glad to see that it's being promoted. Thanks, Cal!

Mary R (999)
Friday March 29, 2013, 1:21 am
"I'll be post-feminist in the post-patriarchy" so sayeth my Syracuse Cultural Workers Peace calendar this month.

Rose B (141)
Friday March 29, 2013, 2:41 am
Already signed thanks Cal

Past Member (0)
Friday March 29, 2013, 3:05 am
Signing now cheers

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday March 29, 2013, 4:50 am
With regard to fraud, of course there will be some, despite careful assessment. However, it is unlikely to be so widespread as to justify not compensating genuine victims whose lives would have been seriously derailed.

Anna Undebeck (256)
Friday March 29, 2013, 5:54 am
Anna, You signed on March 23, 2013.

John B (185)
Friday March 29, 2013, 6:08 am
Thanks Cal for posting the link here on C2NN. Posting noted.
"John, You signed on March 18, 2013."

pam w (139)
Friday March 29, 2013, 6:10 am
Already done...thanks, Cal.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 29, 2013, 6:10 am
Olivia, You signed on March 20, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
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already signed and shared, thanks Cal

Past Member (0)
Friday March 29, 2013, 7:06 am
Done,thx Cal.

Lydia S (155)
Friday March 29, 2013, 7:13 am
Signed , Thanks

Jo S (619)
Friday March 29, 2013, 7:21 am
These are our hero's defending us and our country. The least we can do is to protect them against such wide spread sexual assaults!

jan b (5)
Friday March 29, 2013, 7:44 am
Now this military violence me is a cause worth the time for the GOVT to be taking notice of. RIdiculous time spent on other social issues like abortion which was supposed to be settled decades ago.

Julie F (68)
Friday March 29, 2013, 7:51 am

Daniel Partlow (179)
Friday March 29, 2013, 8:28 am
Noted previously signed!

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Friday March 29, 2013, 8:52 am

Past Member (0)
Friday March 29, 2013, 9:52 am
Aleady signed, noted.

Varcolac Veroscarius (93)
Friday March 29, 2013, 9:54 am
Noted I signed the petition on March 22th

. (0)
Friday March 29, 2013, 11:07 am
Signed and Noted.

Lisa N (207)
Friday March 29, 2013, 11:52 am

Lisa, You signed on March 29, 2013.
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Ann P (17)
Friday March 29, 2013, 2:26 pm
Noted. Already signed. L♡ve ☮ Peace.

Ro H (0)
Friday March 29, 2013, 2:28 pm

Alan Lambert (91)
Friday March 29, 2013, 2:54 pm
Noted and previously signed.

Hugo L (255)
Friday March 29, 2013, 3:15 pm
Noted & signed, thanks Cal.

Robert K (31)
Friday March 29, 2013, 3:26 pm
Being in the military does not convey heroism upon you. Anyone who would force himself on a woman, no matter what else he may accomplish can never be a hero.

And before you excoriate me, I am a vet who almost died from his wounds, not some blowhard with an agenda.

But 3 women who are or were important to me have been raped and I can tell you that if I had been the one who caught them they would have had more to fear from me than the VC did. Happily, one of them tried to rape one of my friends for a second time and she had started carrying a BIG knife after the first time and gutted him like a fish. The cops who showed up gave her thumbs up and took the scumbag to the hospital in handcuffs.

Birgit W (160)
Friday March 29, 2013, 4:14 pm
Signed already. Thanks

Elizabeth O (94)
Friday March 29, 2013, 4:29 pm

Val D (34)
Friday March 29, 2013, 5:10 pm
This is so important! noted and signed of course.

cathie S (154)
Friday March 29, 2013, 6:09 pm
noted n shared n signed

Kit B (276)
Friday March 29, 2013, 6:19 pm

Kit, You signed on March 20, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
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Carol H (229)
Friday March 29, 2013, 6:31 pm
already signed, noted

Jason S (50)
Friday March 29, 2013, 7:04 pm
Signed, thanks

Felix P (94)
Friday March 29, 2013, 7:06 pm
Thanks for the post and petition. Signed.

David C (129)
Friday March 29, 2013, 8:15 pm

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday March 29, 2013, 11:19 pm
Actually the number of fraudulent rape claims is EXTREMELY low.
This seems to be a paranoid fear of men - and a way of denying Rape happens. Happens a LOT.
I should think the number of "fraudulent" rape claims in the Military, would be ZERO.
I don't think it should have to be spelled out why.
Women don't join the Military IN ORDER to get themselves raped!
I don't think MEN would claim fraudulently to be raped in the Military, either!
Both men, and women, who were raped in the Military, would be more likely to keep silent about it... and only ask for disability benefits for rape if they had to, if they couldn't function because of it...
"Oh, let's see, I'm lazy and I don't want to get a job, I want some of that free govt money, I'll just tell them I was raped in the Military and they'll give me free money and I'll go happily on my way...." I don't think so!!!

Ludger W (65)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 1:45 am

Arild Gone for now (174)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 4:00 am
Signed ,TY Cal.

paul m (93)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 6:47 am

American Governments should look after its Troops for being put in harms way so often

paul m (93)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 6:47 am


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Saturday March 30, 2013, 8:02 am

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Bartlomiej T (296)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 2:57 pm
Signed. Thanks, Cal.

Michela M (3964)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 5:29 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 12:28 pm
Signed #19,797. Noted. Thank you, Cal.

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday April 1, 2013, 1:20 am
Signed 18/03/13

I believe it is 1 women of every 5 will be raped or subjected to domestic violence in her lifetime. That is unacceptable. I don't know if there is a similar statistic for women in the military, but regardless, one rape is too many. Women, especially now, take the same risks in combat as men. They contribute to the overall, because let's face it, the military is a team. Violence against women is unacceptable.

Melania Padilla (122)
Monday April 15, 2013, 3:53 pm
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