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Received this e-mail today from Senator Chris Coons (D. DE):
26,000 – That is the shocking number of sexual assaults the Department of Defense estimated took place in the military in 2012.

Worse yet, in 2011, only 10% of the reported cases even resulted in a trial.

Victims are victimized twice: first, by their attacker, and then, again by a system devoid of accountability.

This disturbing rise of sexual assaults and lack of accountability is unacceptable. I'm working with several of my colleagues in the Senate to pass the Military Justice Improvement Act, which would reform how the military handles sexual assault cases so that there are real repercussions for abuse. It is a serious crime. It should be treated as such.

Add your name now to call for the immediate passage of this legislation. We need you with us.

Click here to join us in speaking out. Let every member of Congress know that you want this reform passed immediately. Victims deserve better:

http://www.barbaraboxer.com/...

The Pentagon must do a better job making sure everyone who wears a uniform knows that sexual assault is wrong and will be punished to the full extent.

The key component of the proposed legislation will put people who are trained and skilled at administering justice in charge of how sexual assault accusations are handled in our armed forces.

Passing this bill is the least we can do for the courageous men and women who have sacrificed so much to secure our freedom. They deserve better than rampant abuse. They deserve better than a culture that too often fails to hold perpetrators accountable.

Will you add your support behind this effort and help us get it passed?

Click here to call on every member of Congress to help reform the way our military deals with sexual assault:

http://www.barbaraboxer.com/...

We have to do better by the men and women who serve for us.

Best–
Chris

You can click here to sign Coons' petition:

http://www.barbaraboxer.com/...

Originally posted to pdc on Mon May 20, 2013 at 08:24 AM PDT.

Also republished by Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism, RaceGender DiscrimiNATION, and Military Community Members of Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Mon May 20, 2013 at 08:25:00 AM PDT

  •  Signed, t/r (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    blue91, Gordon20024

    This is so important! Until it changes at the highest levels is until it changes in our culture. If we cannot trust our Heros who exactly can we trust? It hurts my heart, so many victims, so little justice. Thanks for keeping this in the light!
    Peace and Blessings!

    United we the people stand, divided we the people fall.

    by Penny GC on Mon May 20, 2013 at 08:54:03 AM PDT

  •  there are two reporting systems in the military (0+ / 0-)

    for Sexual Assault/harassment.  Formal and informal.

    Formal results in all levels of the chain of command to be reported to, draws in the police, requires a investigation of all parties and a written report that often leads to UCMJ action.  It also opens the victim to many different support programs.  It does not preserve the anonymity of the victim. You are making a formal complaint and it becomes part of the record.  Efforts are made to keep it private, just like social security numbers and medical info.

    Informal stays at the company level, is not going to initiate a formal investigation and will not involve the police.  Any decision for punishment will be limited and restricted to the company level, meaning it won't follow the accused when they leave the company.  It also limits what support the victim is allowed.  However it is anonymous.

    The victim makes the choice about which to follow.  Once a formal is started it can't be stopped.  The informal can become formal at any time.

    Sadly many victims don't want to make a formal complaint.

    Stupid question hour starts now and ends in five minutes.

    by DrillSgtK on Mon May 20, 2013 at 09:49:51 AM PDT

  •  So.... (0+ / 0-)

    How much news coverage did this REAL Scandal get on Fox News?

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