Tell Congress: Hold the Armed Forces Accountable for Rape, Sexual Assault and Harassment
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Tell Congress: Hold the Armed Forces Accountable for Rape, Sexual Assault and Harassment

    1. Petition by

      Service Women's Action Network

Every day, women and men in the United States Armed Forces are subject to rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. This crisis threatens our national security by undermining operational readiness, draining morale, harming retention, and destroying lives.

The government has studied this issue for decades, and yet assaults on our troops continue year after year with no end in sight.

Servicemembers who are preyed upon have little or no protection against unsympathetic commanders and vengeful perpetrators. Sexual predators regularly walk away with slaps on the wrist instead of hard time. A hostile workplace environment of harassment and intimidation prevails.

Americans should not have to sacrifice their right to bodily integrity when they step forward to serve our nation. Turning a blind eye to crimes committed by sexual predators goes against the core values that are the hallmark of military leadership. Honor is found in the integrity, courage and commitment of troops and leaders to do the right thing and confront this crisis, protect and care for their own, and punish those who dare to harm a sister or brother in arms.

Take action today and demand your representatives in Congress hold the Armed Forces accountable for this crisis and to immediately develop and implement a comprehensive plan to eliminate rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment from our nation's military forever.

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    • Kaytlyn Engle ALTUS, OK
      • about 3 years ago

      This is much more common than any would like to believe.

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    • L G WESTMONT, IL
      • about 3 years ago

      As a victim of sexual assault, I understand the pain that every victim goes through, including PTSD. Military personnel deserve the freedom in serving our country without sexual violence, in any form. Sexual assault and harassment needs to be treated with the utmost seriousness because of the impact to it's victims; victims that put their lives on the line to protect the freedom of our country. Everyone should be held accountable, including commanding officers that do nothing to assist the victims. Every service person convicted of sex crimes should be dealt the most serious repercussions, including immediate dishonorable discharge. We need to do more to protect eachother and put an end to sexual violence. I am attaching a link to my own petition to hold every sex offender responsible, no matter how many years have passed. Victims of sex crimes don't report for so many reasons, including guilt, embarassment and blame.

      http://www.change.org/petitions/make-illinois-a-safer-state-from-sex-offenders-there-is-no-tolerance-for-sexual-violence?share_id=hgucNknRnX&pe=d2e

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    • Mary gallagher NORWOOD, MA
      • about 3 years ago

      I was rape victim while serving in Iraq as a member of the Air Force.

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    • ALICE DE LA CRUZ ALHAMBRA, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      My daughter was sexually abused while enlisted and was prescribed pain killer now know to be highly addictive now. She is currenlty homeless, broken. Va benefits application is pending. The Va continually turning her away, I believe because she is homeless and looks it I strongly believe that is why she is being treated different. It bothers people to see a young homeless women. She is a human being too. It is clearly discrimination againts homeless women.

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    • Edward Solis SAN JOSE, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      this is seriously FUBAR.

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