I joined the military because I wanted to serve my country. I served as a Lance Corporal in the Marines for over three years. In that time I was raped and sexually assaulted. When I decided to report the sexual assault I was led through a maze of questions and excuses and I was even discouraged from reporting the crimes. In the end, instead of getting justice I was ostracized and humiliated. I learned that that offenders are not required to disclose their crimes on their discharge papers, and is not on a background check if they get a Non-Judicial Punishment. Most veterans are honorable men and women who have served our country, but there are some who have committed serious crimes like rape and sexual assault during their service and the military has a responsibility to disclose that information for the sake of the public good. If they are not charged per a Court Martial, they will not have to register (even though a NJP is equivalent to a misdemeanor) and the crime will NOT be on their criminal back ground. When asked why Members who got a Non-Judicial Punishment do not have to disclose on their discharge papers, some of the responses I was given were 1) It will take too long to create a national database or 2) the military is going green and it takes too much paper to add an extra check box to discharge papers. This is part of a larger issue of rape within the military. Some estimates reveal that more than 1/3 of women in the armed services are raped during their service and of the reported rapes, 55% are males. If you serve in the US military and you rape or sexually assault a fellow service member you have an 86.5% chance of keeping the crime a secret and a 92% chance of avoiding court martial. Let's get this changed, and make it a requirement that Sex Crimes in the Military should be taken serious, and even if punishment is suspended, or does not go to Court Martial, it should still be on their background for employers and citizens to see while performing a back ground check. And to also include Active Duty Military in our current Database if they were charged per Court Martial (punishment suspended or dropped) Non Judicial Punishment or any form of punishment. If charged one way or another with a sex crime, he/she should also not be allowed to live in Base Housing. Please call (703) 571-3343 and continute to ask WHY they are ignoring our request. Join me in asking the Department of Defense to report criminal history (Military crimes INCLUDING NJP) on their DD214 and request that suspending punishment when being charged with a sex crime not be allowed!! CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org to send stories, ask for help, need to talk, or media inquiries.
Department of Defense,
Thank you for doing all that you can to keep our Country safe, and protecting our freedom. Or so we thought...
Military members convicted of a rape or assault while on active duty may be required to register as sex offenders in their state. You could be working with a former military member who raped women or men and not know it. And living next to a veteran who was convicted of rape. It does not show on the DD214 of he/she was Non Judicially punished for a rape/sexual assault/sexual harassment!! Your employer does not know they raped!! You do not know they raped!! Nobody seems to know!! Your Veteran babysitter could have been charged with a sex crime. It should be required that anyone who was charged or punished under the UCMJ for a sex crime, even if it is a Non Judicial Punishment, or the punishment was suspended, they should be required to register as a sex offender for the safety of our children, and families!! Please sign and pass on. Do you really want a true sex offender to go unnoticed?!? What if they do it again??? Why are we not keeping our country safe from sex predators? If a Military Member is charged with a sex crime per Non Judicial Punishment, he/she does not have to register AND gets to live in base housing by our children!! How is this even keeping our Country safe? What if this happened to someone in your family?
This needs to be changed. Make it required that if someone in the Military is charged with a Sex Crime, even Non Judicial Punishment or suspended punishment, that it goes on and stays on their Criminal Record.
Please protect our Country and our Military Members... Care about your Military and Country.
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