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Twice Betrayed Bringing Justice to the U.S. Military's Sexual Assault Problem

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: military, sexual assault, victims, women, ethics, dishonesty, cover-up, crime, corruption, abuse )

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A total of 26,000 service members are estimated to have experienced unwanted sexual contact in 2012, compared to 19,300 in 2010. Moreover, fewer than 3 out of every 100 estimated sexual assaults in the military in 2012 were ever prosecuted--


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Kit B (276)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 5:55 pm

Still no real answers that address these problems and Congress (both Houses) is finished with this, they had some camera time. The problem is real, the threat is real and maybe if the brass would just stop putting their heads in the sand they would be the best ones at cleaning up their own house. Maybe.

Jason S (50)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 6:34 pm
Not hard to fix is problem in Military just to fix so can't have again, Good posting, thanks

James merritt jr (144)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 10:13 pm
Thank you.

Robert K (31)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 5:01 am
If you have or ever had a mother and abuse women you should go hang yourself from the nearest suitable tree. One of the original Playboy Bunnies was a friend of mine and was raped one night leaving work. After the club refused to back her up against one of their keyholders she started carrying a big knife. A couple months later the same guy attacked her again and she gutted him. Thankfully the 2 Chicago cops who showed up were good guys and were very kind to her and took him to the hospital's jail wing and he served a good, long sentence. When I think of how easy it would have been for to have gotten the wrong kind of cops it sickens me. It seems the military has gotten that kind of cop.

. (0)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 7:05 am
Great article, Carrie, and very well said, Kit.

Birgit W (160)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 2:21 pm

Elizabeth M (65)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 2:39 pm
Noted and read with thanks Carrie./
Seems to me the top brass are hiding their heads in the sand - who knows maybe a few of them have
committed abuse to someone.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 5:30 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie.
Dem. Sen. Kirsten Gillebrand has sponsored a wonderful bill to support those who've been sexually assaulted in the military. There's another bill (can't remember the sponsor, but it's a female Dem. Sen.), that keeps the military in charge of this that is a bad bill. I've signed many petitions supporting Gillebrand's bill.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 7:26 pm
Of course it is "over stated". If they owned up to the problem, they might have to do something about it.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 9:14 pm
Thank you, Lois, for bringing up Kirsten. Yes, she is on this, but she is practically the only one.
Having the military chain of command handle these cases - in any setting other than the military, this would be immediately recognized as and called out for a conflict of interest. Does the military think they can set the system up to recuse everyone who is or ever has been in the chain of command of either the victim or the accused? Give me a break. And I speak as a ten-year veteran.

Susanne R (236)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 12:38 am
Couldn't send another star to Lois J., but I was able to send one to Joanne D. Thank you for bringing up Kirsten Gillibrand's efforts on behalf of women who've been sexually assaulted in the military. I'm on her email list and receive regular updates. She's meeting with a lot of resistance, but she vows that she isn't going to give up. We need to give her as much support as we can for going head-to-head with the "good ole boys" in the military who think they have the situation under control and like the system just the way it is. In other words, the system won't change and no woman is safe. Thanks, ladies!

Karen Kersten Chestney (112)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 1:40 am
Thanks.....I've signed petitions.....Called both my Senators ....twice....called others in the Senate....don't know what else I can do....but I just keep at it every chance I get.........Sexual assault is WRONG !

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 4:09 am
this ought to be tried not only as rape, but also as treason.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 11:38 am
Thanks for the star Susanne - I just got an email that lists some more Congresscritters who are behind Kirsten's bill. If any of them is yours (anyone) you may want to thank them:

Mark Begich
U.S. Senator
Barbara Boxer
U.S. Senator
Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. Senator
Martin Heinrich
U.S. Senator
Heidi Heitkamp
U.S. Senator
Mazie Hirono
U.S. Senator
Patrick Leahy
U.S. Senator
Ed Markey
U.S. Senator
Bob Menendez
U.S. Senator
Mark Pryor
U.S. Senator
Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Senator
Chuck Schumer
U.S. Senator
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator
Tulsi Gabbard
U.S. Representative
Kurt Schrader
U.S. Representative
Kyrsten Sinema
U.S. Representative

The last three are not Senators but Representatives; a small start, but it is a start. I suspect we can count on Tammy Duckworth too. This particular email came from Mark Pryor (AR). I am on a lot of lists myself, and I know I have signed this multiple times, but I think not for Mark yet, so I may as well. Isn't Begich a Republican?

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 12:21 pm
Ha! More news!

Dear Joanne,

For months we’ve fought together to bring attention to the ongoing crisis of sexual assault in the military. And we’re about to get our proverbial day in court.

Last week I held a press conference with survivors, advocates and veterans’ groups, demanding support for the Military Justice Improvement Act. Now we’re expected to get a full vote in the Senate – as soon as this week.

It’s time we pulled the blinders off. An estimated 26,000 cases of rapes, sexual assaults and unwanted sexual contact happened in our military just last year. That’s three per hour. These numbers are horrific – and unacceptable.

Our troops deserve better – and as Veterans Day approaches, I’m more determined than ever to win them justice. Every day that we delay means an estimated 71 new assaults – I need you to stand with us again in demanding our bill be passed now.

Join my colleagues and me in demanding the Senate pass the Military Justice Improvement Act right away.

We can’t let them down now by failing to pass the reforms that will ensure they can actually bring their attackers to justice. Stand with us again to stamp out what Defense Secretary Hagel calls the “scourge” of military sexual assault – and demand passage now.

Help my colleagues and me win these vital protections for our troops – join us in demanding the Senate pass the Military Justice Improvement Act now.

This is our vote. This is their chance for justice. Let’s make sure that this time, our brave men and women in uniform get it.

Thanks for your support,


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