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Tell Congress to create a new method for reporting sexual assault in the military

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      Protect Our Defenders

During my training for the U.S. military I was violently raped, tortured and left to die by a superior.

You can watch my story in the video above.

I am not alone. The Department of Defense estimates that over 19,000 such incidents occurred in 2010 alone but that only 13.5% of sexual assaults are ever reported.

It is a problem at every level of the military, with the Pentagon itself reporting a 58.5% increase in sexual assaults at its service academies in the last year.

The military rarely prosecutes rape or sexual assault within its ranks and victims seldom get the medical care they need or the justice they deserve. My assailant, like thousands of others, has never been prosecuted. 

Currently, sexual assault in the military is reported through the normal chain of command. It’s not working. 

Several nations have instituted sweeping reforms to fix similar problems in their armed services, including England, Australia and Canada.  But our Department of Defense has only implemented half-measures that do nothing to fix the problem. We need to do more. 

The Department of Defense must take the prosecution, reporting, oversight, investigation, and care for victims of sexual assault out of the hands of the normal chain of command and place the jurisdiction in the hands of an impartial office staffed by military and civilian experts. Just as importantly, survivors of rape and sexual assault must be consulted because we know better than anyone the flaws that currently exist. 

Please join me and other survivors now: Tell your representative to protect our defenders and support H.R. 3435, The STOP Act, to create a new system for handling sexual assault in the military outside the normal chain of command.

-Terri, Military Sexual Assault Survivor

To:
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
I support the creation of a new method for reporting sexual assault in the military outside the normal chain of command so that we can Protect Our Defenders, and I strongly urge my you to support this legislation.

Protect our defenders and support H.R. 3435, The STOP Act, to create a new system for handling sexual assault in the military outside the normal chain of command.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Ellen Hone ORLANDO, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm a vereran.

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    • STEPHANIE GLOVER BILOXI, MS
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a woman serving in the military.

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    • Joanna Wood SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I was assaulted by a senior Sailor while preparing for a temporary deployment with his ship, at a casual gathering he had invited the entire division to attend. He grabbed me as I was exiting the bathroom at the end of a hallway and pushed me into a side room, where he raped me. When it was finished, he escorted me out to my car, proclaiming to everyone present that he wanted to make sure nothing happened to me because we were in a bad neighborhood. I was so scared and confused by what had happened that I didn't report immediately. When I did report, to the new division chief on my ship, I was told that it wasn't her division yet and that I could go talk to a chaplain if I needed help.

      By dismissing me, she made me doubt the validity of my own experience. I didn't report for quite some time, and when I did, it was because I was raped a second time, again by a fellow Sailor. He knew what had happened to me, and set out to recreate the experience to traumatize me when I refused to engage in a consensual relationship with him.

      One well-meaning Chief outside my department noticed that I wasn't performing to my usual standard, and asked me what was wrong. I spilled everything to him, and he took both cases to the SAVI rep. My command SAVI rep was amazing, and handled everything as she was taught.

      Unfortunately, my CO handled the local case so poorly that I ultimately signed a declination letter in the second rape case. The stress of my entire command siding with the rapist, calling me names, and then sending ME to legal hold and allowing my rapist to come back on the job because "it isn't fair to him to ruin his chances for promotion because of unproven allegations" got to be too much for me, and my health deteriorated. The military took the opportunity to outprocess me with 30 days notice because of the problems anxiety (from working alongside someone who raped me.)

      The first case is still pending. 4 years later. STILL. PENDING.

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    • Deanna Lewis TUCSON, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      These crimes are unconscionable!

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    • Gary Gray STOCKTON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Full Support. Tell the Sacramento County Inspector General that concealing police misconduct is wrong.

      https://www.change.org/petitions/sacramento-sheriff-scott-jones-inspector-general-lee-dean-stop-concealing-police-misconduct

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