We Reject the Sinclair Verdict: End Rape Culture in the Military & Let the Victims Speak!
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Rape culture and victim-blaming is a dangerous trend growing in our society, with 97% of rapists never being incarcerated for their crimes, and 1 in 5 women suffering sexaulized violence in the United States each year. The recent verdict of the General Sinclair case only highlights the issue of sexual asault in the military, and our justice system's failure to properly address it. A survey of acitive duty members of the military in 2012 revealed 26,000 instances of unwanted sexual contact, while the Pentagon estimates that 80-90% of sexual assaults in the military go unreported. Women make up 15% of active-duty forces, and 47% of the sexual assault victims; with 37% of female veterans reporting being raped at least twice. Sinclair's punishment, void of jail time and being demoted, has been described by Rep. Jackie Speier as: "a mockery of military justice, a slap on the wrist nowhere close to being proportional to Sinclair's offenses...Even while the world is watching, the military has demonstrated thier incompetence at meting out justice." While Sinclair admitted to sexual misconduct, causing emotional harm, and mistreatment of at least three women under his command, media campaigns successfully discredited the victim's accusations and silenced her testimony. The facts of this case reveal that this is not an isolated "mistake" by Sinclair, but that he is a repeat offender, and that unjust tampering by other officials for political reasons highly influenced the trial. As written by Lydia Bradbury in the Guardian Liberty Voice, releasing a military sex offender with a punishment consisting only of fines, is: "not only a denial of basic statistics over sexual asault in the military, but it is a startling light consequence for what should be their primary focus -stopping sexual offenders from repeating their offense." General Sinclair is the highest ranking officer to face prosecution for sexual assault, and we, the undersigned, reject this verdict, and demand action that will work towards preventing sexualized violence in the military.
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