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Congress: Stop Rape in the Military Now ACTION

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: rape, military, sexual assault, laws, corruption, cover-up, americans )

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These bills would fundamentally change the way the military handles rape cases and would be an enormous improvement over the current system. They would increase accountability and transparency by giving prosecutors and judges, not commanders, power over..

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Helen Porter (39)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 12:03 am
I think there should be legal prostitutes provided for the troops.

It has been determined that during times of survival crisis, the sex urge is much heightened. If there are no legal women available, rape happens. IT'S WRONG but IT HAPPENS.

Why not grow up, get real and provide willing men and women prostitutes to meet the very human needs?

Anna Undebeck (256)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 2:51 am
Thanks for signing!

Thank you for speaking out. We'll send your signature to the Congress.

This MUST STOP NOW!!! Thanks Nancy.

Solitary Eagle (324)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 6:18 am
signed and noted. thanx Nancy.

Hugo L (255)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 6:33 am
Noted & signed, thanks Nancy.

. (0)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 8:18 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 10:39 am
Noted & Signed

Alan Lambert (91)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 11:24 am
Signed and noted.

@Zee Kallah, Your suggestion of providing legal prostitutes is probably a good one, but it would increase the costs of a military deployment exponentially.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 12:10 pm
Thanks for signing!

Thank you for speaking out. We'll send your signature to the Congress.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 12:58 pm
Signed & noted. Many thanks, Nancy.
*I also have a note for @Zee: Specifically, when I lived off base with my husband who was TDY in Kunsan, S. Korea in the early 70's, there was a place called "A Town" not far from the local US military base--this was short for "American Town." It had been created as an off-base haven for military personnel to party in....stocked with prostitutes and oblivious to Martial Law that was imposed throughout S. Korea at the time. I was told that many of these little towns had been created near military bases in other countries. Don't know if they still exist.

Stephen Brian (23)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 1:12 pm
The three-year increase in reports of sexual assault was, according to official numbers, 4%, not over 30%. The number that was over 30% was the increase in "unfounded allegations" (ones where no evidence supporting the accusation could be found). The increase in "unfounded allegation" accounts for roughly 10% of the total increase in reports.

Winn A (179)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 1:46 pm

Vicky P (476)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 2:03 pm
Noted and signed

Robert K (31)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 2:19 pm
As a former soldier I was all up in arms about the detestable treatment of women by soldiers. I still am, but I was amazed to find out that more men were being raped than women. It looks like the all voluntary military resembles prison.

I was a volunteer during the draft ages of the 50s and 60s, and while there were probably some rapes then, and I was aware of sexual harrassment, I never heard of one single rape back then. Perhaps the presence of so many college graduates who were more mature, being older and more experienced, kept us younger guys in line?

Despite the fact that it nearly got me killed, I treasured my time in the Army and hold it dearly in my heart. This breaks my heart.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 2:57 pm
US only, thanks.

Nancy Black (308)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 4:09 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, tweeted, shared, and signed. They protect us; we should protect them.

Judith Hand (55)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 4:21 pm
Noted, signed commented, emailed and tweeted. The statistics of males also raped in the military are staggering. I commented to Congress that, if they are concerned about what this knowledge would do to our military's reputation, they might consider what not doing something about it will do. There're so many other factors in this, but that's a start.

Jean C (18)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 4:29 pm
As usual, the government really doesn't give a crap or this would not have been going on for so long. I knew decades ago that the military was not a safe place for women as one of my classmates,who happened to be a very pretty lady, had so much trouble with the men. She received an early honorable discharge because of it. Too bad so many young, innocent girls enlist not knowing of this danger until now. Thanks for the story, Nancy!

greenplanet e (155)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 5:14 pm
It's a big big problem. There are more rapists statistically in the military than in civilian life. Why?


Sergio P (65)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 6:05 pm

Fred Krohn (34)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 6:10 pm
I'd think that the cost of providing legal 'camp followers' free of STDs and legally willing to service the soldiers, sailors, and airmen would easily offset the cost of having to shoot rapists, 'cause I think that those who can't stick to either artificial surrogates, autoerotics, or consenting adult partners - whether civilian or military - don't deserve a place among us.

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 7:17 pm
Oh, Fred, you said it so well.

Thank you.

I'd like to add to my comment that these willing and paid adult prostitutes, men and women, should be available not only to men but also to women. I suppose services to gays would also need to be provided.
Much as I hate to say it, fair is fair. I am neither for nor against gay. I had my experiences. Who am I to
criticize? But neither can I sign petitions pro gay. Now I wear long pretty skirts and actually like the respect I get as a lady. I just prefer to stay out of gay issues except when fairness, as in this case, demands my voice.

Let's stop being Sunday School children. As adults let us deal with the adult issues of sex. Provide sex for the military whose sex drive is driven high by danger. It's a fact of nature.

Timothy S (3)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 8:11 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 8:47 pm
Signed too cheers

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 9:37 pm
Thank you! (s, n, p, t)

Esther Z (94)
Saturday May 18, 2013, 9:42 pm
Noted and signed. Soldiers who commit crimes during military service should be treated the same way as if they were civilians, which means commit the crime, than you pay the price. I don't care if there's been an increase of 30% or 4%, it should be ZERO percent. There should be zero tolerance for any behaviour unbecoming a soldier, especially when that behaviour caused physical and psychological harm to a fellow soldier, be it a man or a woman.

Ludger W (71)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 3:46 am

S S (0)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 5:15 am
Thank you.

. (0)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 6:05 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing. Our servicewomen should not be getting raped.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 6:16 am
signed and noted ! Thank you for sharing.

Anne P (174)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 7:37 am
If you haven't already, please watch the powerful documentary "The Invisible War" about sexual assault in the military (of both women and men). It will make you see red. Rape has unfortunately become an "occupational hazard" of working for the armed forces, and victims are often blamed and disciplined, rather than the perpetrator. This is completely unacceptable. Victims shouldn't have to report sexual abuse up their chain of command (often their abuser is their supervisor, or a close friend of their supervisor). Military commanders often don't report sexual abuse within their company/battalion because they are afraid it will reflect badly upon their own leadership ability and future promotion. There should be a civilian investigative commission with a toll-free number where sexual abuse can be reported and promptly acted upon.

Deborah W (6)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:23 am
Accountability and responsibility should extend to the "customers" as well don't you think? Legalizing their folly further highlights the current breakdown of morals and, if implemented, the breakdown of values and management of our government. Just sayin ...

pam w (139)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:45 am
This mistreatment of women in the military is HORRENDOUS and MUST STOP!

Barbara V (51)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 12:29 pm
I wonder why Congress hasn't done a thing about this. What do you suppose would be their reasoning--if you could CALL it reasoning? Do the Repugs hate women that much that they'd let this sort of thing happen and not take steps to dole out the proper punishment? Evidently. Perhaps they can't be bothered with the problem. War is profit-making for someone, and the hell with the logistics in the military. In my opinion, if they don't crack down on these pigs, then they are as base and as guilty as the rapists themselves. FOR SHAME.

Barbara V (51)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 12:32 pm
Sorry! A pussycat did that.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 1:24 pm

Sheila S (50)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 3:18 pm
I am saddened by the suggestions that legalized prostitution would in any way avert the problem faced in our military today. RAPE IS NOT A SEXUAL ACT for the sake of personal pleasure, IT AN ACT OF VIOLENT AGGRESSION meant to demoralize and humiliate its victim. And it is not only being perpetrated against women, but men as well! As stated in the documentary, The Invisible War, in countries where rape of this type goes unpunished, it tends to increase. Last year the number of sexual assaults in the US military INCREASED 35%!!! Cover ups go to the highest levels of authority. Wake up people! Anyone, male or female, that is willing to put his/her life on the line for my defense is worthy of the utmost respect. I am ashamed at how my own country is treating not only the problem itself, but the victims who suffer intensely for many years!

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 4:50 pm

Jamie Clemons (282)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 5:16 pm
Stop blindly supporting the military industrial complex. Stop the false flag waving. Take your blinders off. Soldiers are not heroes unless they do something heroic. Most of them are just hired thugs. End the war and bring them home.

Shirley S (187)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 7:15 pm
Action taken

Colleen L (3)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 7:20 pm
Petition signed. It's about time that they start taking care of this. It has been going on much too long, I pray that they punish all of the ones who have abused these women and even men. And hopefully if they do, it will make others think twice about even doing it. Thanks Nancy

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 11:25 pm

Inge B (202)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 11:35 pm
Put down all military activity then we will not have rape, murder and humiliation.
Make Peace not war

Alice C (1797)
Monday May 20, 2013, 1:46 am

Emma S (239)
Monday May 20, 2013, 2:13 am
Done! Thanks, Nancy.

paul m (93)
Monday May 20, 2013, 4:53 am


Past Member (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 5:27 am
Where's equality and respect?

Angelene B (148)
Monday May 20, 2013, 6:20 am
Absolutely signed!

Ann B (60)
Monday May 20, 2013, 8:35 am
noted and signed

linda n (3877)
Monday May 20, 2013, 8:44 am

Gene Jacobson (290)
Monday May 20, 2013, 2:08 pm
"FACT: A woman in the military is more likely to be raped by a fellow service member than killed in enemy combat."

This is the single most despicable event that happens in the military. And it isn't as if they don't do plenty wrong. But to allow this, to ignore it, to let it be resolved with administrative discipline betrays every female soldier, and every American civilian in the most craven of ways. The military has proven it is not capable of policing this itself. One of things taught in basic training and then in advanced training is that you absolutely have to be able to rely on the soldier next to you to do his/her job, without question, in every instance. That American female soldiers have to fight the enemy outside the gates AND the enemy within them is a national disgrace. Every officer complicit in not reporting a rape to the JAG office, not reporting a rape to the military police, of not supporting fully the women under his/her command should be summarily discharged, dishonorably for they have failed miserably their oath and their duty. The same treatment, punishment for every non-commissioned officer who overlooked or looked the other way, they have failed as well. Their careers should be over. They are as guilty as the rapists themselves, all of whom ought be in military prison for a long term, required to register as sexual offenders and dishonorably discharged. Administrative punishment means extra duty washing floors. Hardly a fitting response. If the republican party tries to obstruct this legislation in their continuing war on women, well discharge them too, 2014 will be a good time to start.

Judith Hand (55)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 9:39 pm
My second comment: Just reading through the comments and was thrilled to see Sheila Stevens' comment, as I was going to say what she worded so well. It's not about providing hookers or local towns, though rape might follow at those available spots, because rape is about violence, not sexual need. It makes sense to me, then, that it happens in the military. Taking power, taking charge, essentially inviting oneself to be dominated by their superior. I know I couldn't have stood someone talking loudly into my face and treating me less than human. How odd that that is the design for "making a soldier". This must stop!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 4:38 am
I'm pretty certain that this comes down to the president, and prosecutions handled outside the military.

Ryan Yehling (49)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 12:46 am

. (0)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 8:34 am
Signed and Noted.

. (0)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 8:48 am

P A (117)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 10:23 am
Wanted to sign but US only.

Faye Swan (23)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 3:05 am
Signed and noted - thank you!

. (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 10:21 am
noted unable to sign, am Canadian

Teresa Cowley (274)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 8:08 pm
Signed and shared.
Thanks Nancy.

Carol H (229)
Monday May 27, 2013, 5:16 am
signed and noted

Elizabeth M (65)
Monday May 27, 2013, 11:08 am
Noted, Signed and Tweeted using my US address. Thank You Nancy.

Melania P (122)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 11:43 am
So signed of course!
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