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U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate

Demand Congress creates 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. Sadly, the Department of Defense reports that only 13.5% of sexual assaults within the armed services are ever reported—DoD estimates that over 19,000 such incidents occurred in 2010.

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.  It's time for the U.S. to act.

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

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SJ Mercury News: Speier introduces legislation to address rape in the military

 http://lezgetreal.com/2011/11/rep-speier-introduces-bill-to-combat-sexual-assault-in-the-military/

ABC News: Sexual Assault in the Military: New Legislation Seeks to Alter Reporting Process http://www.scpr.org/news/2011/11/17/29925/ca-congresswoman-introduces-military-rape-bill/

Feminist.org: Speier Introduces Bill to Eliminate Rape in the Military http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/17/2507195/lawmaker-wants-military-rape-cases.html

Ms. Magazine: Speier Introduces Bill to Eliminate Rape in the Military   http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/194251-speier-wants-new-office-to-investigate-military-sexual-assaults

Huffington Post: A Crisis in Our Military http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/17/EDL71M01NC.DTL

To:
Joint Chiefs of Staff
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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    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. 1 Minute Action to Help Reform Military Sexual Assault Reporting TODAY!

      The Army Times has a poll on their home page today asking, "If sexual assaults in the military could be reported to and investigated by an independent panel instead of unit chains of command, do you think more victims would come forward?" Please take a moment to vote yes at the link!

    3. Reached 5,000 signatures

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    • Janet Crandall HERTFORD, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      I was in the military. At that time I was also modeling, the only thing that saved me from sexual assault was that my stepfather was an officer, most women don't have that protection. They are a small but important part of our military and need all the protection they can get.

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    • charlene fraizer BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      If new rules or methods of reporting / recording / authenticating or getting resolve for assaults and harassment is needed then a panel should be convened to make this establishment of policy and practice

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    • Karen Howard PORT ST LUCIE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      If military personnel are raping other armed services personnel, what are they doing to the citizens of the countries where they're deployed? It's disgraceful that this is happening. Sexual assault must be stopped! Brave men & women are serving their country & should not be assaulted by their superior officers. Stop ignoring it! Acknowledge the problem & prosecute the rapists to the fullest extent of the law.

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    • Elizabeth Levang MAPLE PLAIN, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      We need to protect women! They serve our country just like men do.

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    • Julia Kalas DURHAM, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm really sick of men bullying, abusing, harrasing and intimidating woman in any work sector and it's unexcusable in the military.

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