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Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 11:26 pm
Sexual violence in the U.S. military is a crisis. Despite over 25 years of Pentagon attempts to solve the problem, cases of sexual assault continue to occur at alarming rates. The Department of Defense estimates that in 2010, there were 19,000 sexual assaults in the armed forces.

Making matters worse, each branch of the armed forces has its own judicial system, and it's currently legal for a base commander to overturn a lawful conviction, as evidenced in the outrageous and widely-reported decision to overturn a conviction at Aviano Air Force Base in February of this year.

The military justice system needs serious reform. The STOP Act takes the prosecution, reporting, oversight, investigation, and victim care of sexual assaults out of normal chain of command and places jurisdiction in an autonomous Sexual Assault Oversight and Response Office made up of military and civilian experts.

Your member of Congress needs to hear from you. Congress won't act if they don't know they have the support of the public behind them.


Mary T. (357)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 12:07 am
signed and noted, but also remember the children of service people, so of them have been victims of rape by the same service men

Giana Peranio-Paz (407)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 12:27 am
Noted and signed. Thanks Beverly. It terrible what goes on there.

Naoko I. (264)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 12:53 am
Noted and signed.

Candy L. (473)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 3:23 am
Signed & Tweeted

Arwen Woods (207)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 4:53 am
Zee Kallah, you cannot be serious? That does not solve the issue, it just pushes it under the carpet! Your profile says you want to end suffering. Not like this you won't!

Gladly signed, noted and shared. Thank you Beverly.x

Yvonne F. (180)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 5:35 am
So signed!!! Thanks Beverly

Kit B. (276)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 7:21 am

A man's passion is not the question here. Rape is always and without question a crime of violence and it is the violence, not the sexual act that is the quest.

I'm stunned that a woman would suggest another woman should be subjected to rape. Then paid so she can not complain? *shaking my head*

Petition signed - thanks Bev

JL A. (281)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 8:58 am
signed earlier, noted now

Thanks for posting!

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 10:06 am
Thank you for signing on to the STOP Act, Thanks Beverly for the post.Thanks Kit for sharing on FB

Kenneth V. (1500)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 12:22 pm
signed and noted thanks for sharing

Judy C. (102)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 3:39 pm
This needs to be stopped! Signed. Thanks, Beverly.

Agnes N. (703)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 7:28 pm
Thanks Bev..signed, noted, shared..Cheer..!

Fred Boulton (14)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 9:14 pm
TRied to sign, but won't accept Australian zipcode :(

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 11:05 pm
Signed Bev Cheers

Rose Becke (142)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 11:06 pm
Signed Bev, as this has too stop

Stephanie Reap (192)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:33 am
noted and signed. TY

Jason Flint (5)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:08 pm
signed and noted

Heather R. (264)
Monday April 29, 2013, 7:17 pm
Noted & signed ! :)

natasha salgado (715)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:14 pm
Def signed,thx Beverly.

Ali Murphy (1)
Monday April 29, 2013, 10:18 pm
Signed and.shared, rape of.violence and.there should be no question of passing this act!!

Robert O. (12)
Monday April 29, 2013, 11:12 pm
Thank you for signing on to the STOP Act

Fred, maybe you can input an American zipcode if you want. Take your pick 85013, 94111, 94947, 10019.

Thanks Beverly.

Another petition can be found at Protect Our Defenders

Irene S. (68)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 1:37 am
Signed of course, but not only in the military!

Ro H. (0)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 4:33 am

paul m. (93)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 6:05 am

Signed......See the President,, he's the Comander-in-chief of the military

Daniel Partlow (179)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 7:41 am

Ingrid A. (524)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 7:44 am

Dandelion G. (386)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 12:53 pm
Your name has been added to the growing list of American telling their member of Congress to stand up for ALL soldiers by passing the STOP Act immediately.


Herbert E. (10)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 1:15 pm
Sorry, could not sign, no representatives there for me. Then, what about ending the military service, no more wars. A drawback - some folks make too much money by making wars so there is no end in sight - 'til kingdom comes.

Michela M. (4008)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 1:18 pm

Judith Hand (55)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 2:02 pm
Noted, signed and commented.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 2:17 pm
Signed & noted. Thank you, Beverly.

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 2:38 pm

Birgit W. (159)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 2:55 pm
US only, thanks

. (0)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 3:17 pm

Angeles Madrazo (301)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 3:23 pm

Dot A. (171)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 3:38 pm
Signed: "Thank you for signing on to the STOP Act"
Justice for our women!
- this is a no-brainer! -

Joanne Dixon (36)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 4:00 pm
More news same subject:

Stuart Thomas (503)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 5:58 pm
Noted, signed, ans submitted. Thank you, Beverly.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 6:05 pm
Thank you! (S, N, P, T)

Vicky P. (476)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 6:12 pm
noted and signed

Paulett Simunich (0)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 7:11 pm
This is not "men will be men". Perhaps it is "power" rearing its head.......Perhaps it is hatred "no women allowed" no longer true. But surely not acceptable behavior for the military who keep us all SAFE,,
(all, but military men and women who have been assaulted) ......................There is some movement afoot and I am optimistic the situation will be changing........Thank you .

Joy Catalan (95)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 7:47 pm
The supposed protectors of a country?sexual violence in the military?what is happening in this world?i'm no american citizen but as a concerned citizen of this world, i have this to ask? there anything good left to do by the people we are suppose to be entrusting our security and welfare?

James Maynard (84)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 9:41 pm
Signed and noted..........

Inge Bjorkman (188)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 2:42 am
End the Military.

Ro H. (0)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 3:37 am

Gloria picchetti (310)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 6:16 am
I know women who decided against joining the military because of rape. Signed.

Lloyd H. (46)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 7:37 am
Paul M., the President may be Commander in Chief, but he does not and should not have the power to rewrite any of the Code of Military Justice by fiat, can you imagine what another Bush/Cheney could do. The unfortunate fact is I do believe that Congress has to change the Uniform Code of Military Justice. now stop and think about all of the crap that had to wadded through for the following: Racial Integration of the Military, allowing Women into the Military one step at a time, ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell and allowing LGBT to openly serve.

John B. (194)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 9:05 am
Thanks Beverly for posting the link. Signed and noted.
"Thank you for signing on to the STOP Act"

Emma S. (240)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 9:33 am
Done! Thanks, Beverly.

Cal Mendelsohn (1086)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 2:53 pm
Signed and noted--thanks Beverly

Kathleen R. (138)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 4:08 pm
signed & noted

Charlene Rush (79)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 4:29 pm
The OLD BOYS CLUB is alive and well and living in the good old U.S.A.

People in the military, by and large, are 'power & control' predisposed. Perhaps, that 's a good thing, when at war. However, when not, it is most often a disaster.

Gloria Morotti (1)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 3:03 am
signed. Rape is unacceptable anywhere, in the military, it is just about unforgivable.

Barbara V. (51)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 11:11 am
I wish rapists would lose their willies by force when they pull this sort of thing. I'll bet you it would cause them to think twice before they attack.. Scumbags!

Charlene Rush (79)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 12:26 pm
To Barbara V.: Your passion is understandable, but, perhaps, would not be put to good use through revenge.
Rapists are people, with whom you cannot reason. Retaliation of the same, would only extend their anger upon another victim. They prefer not to feel another's pain, because in most cases, their own pain is so great, due to having been abused in the past, and believe in the old saying, 'Misery Loves Company'.

The truly amazing point concerning abuse is, females take it inwardly and punish themselves, when it wasn't their fault in the first place; males extend it outwardly, further complicating the issue.
Of course, this explains how differently we raise our children. So, as always, the answer is education and a mentally healthy upbringing. This is the place we should start.
Politically, when we continually take away resources from the lower and middle classes, we have more and more people becoming angry and taking it out on their families. Low income families need less stress, not more. We are not seeing the trees for the forest

Unfortunately, studies and statistics show that rehabilitation doesn't work, by and large, due to the extreme damage done to the abuser.

I don't know the answer; I only wish that I did.

Charlene Rush (79)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 12:33 pm
To Robert O.: By the way, I just went to PROTECT OUR DEFENDERS (petition), and it was the first on the list, for those who may not take the time to remember and/or write down the petition site.

Thomas P. (449)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 3:31 pm
Noted and signed...thanks Beverly.

Lea Huber (0)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 8:53 pm
Rape is misunderstood. It is not about lust. It is about power and control. Demeaning and humiliating the victim.

alicia m. (97)
Friday May 3, 2013, 12:08 am
noted, gracias

Sergio Padilla (63)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 3:37 pm

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 4:49 pm
Noted, signed and shared

Laurie H. (815)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 8:11 pm
Glad to Sign & Share, With Thanks Sheryl~~

Lisa Neste (771)
Friday May 10, 2013, 10:27 am
Thank you for signing on to the STOP Act

Your name has been added to the growing list of American telling their member of Congress to stand up for ALL soldiers by passing the STOP Act immediately.

Susanne R. (237)
Friday May 10, 2013, 11:15 am
I can't think of too many things more shameful than violating your fellow soldier! Shame on those who take advantage of women in the armed services and those who have the power to put a stop to it, but choose instead to look the other way! The "good ole boys" mentality has to end. The "band of brothers" now includes "sisters" as well. Their male counterparts must treat them with respect and dignity --or be prepared to pay very high consequences for their actions.

Gladly signed and noted. Thank you for posting this, Beverly. And thank you for forwarding this, Dandelion!

Gene Jacobson (286)
Friday May 10, 2013, 11:45 am
S&N. As a military veteran, the very idea that this has risen to epidemic levels disgusts me. As a human being, ditto. They teach in the military, or did and I imagine still do, that you MUST be able to rely on the person alongside you to have your back in every circumstance. It is how you stay alive. This is a complete betrayal of that teaching. That it is so often overlooked, condoned, or dealt with by "administrative" punishment, meaning washing floors, is also disgusting. These predators are no less so than any in civilian life and should be sentenced as sexual offenders in civilian life are, without exception. This MUST become a top priority for the military, our soldiers depend on it. And we depend on them.

Debbie Crowe (86)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 2:13 am
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