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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Commander in Chief Barack Obama

The leaders must remove commanders from convening rape prosecutions. And if the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Commander in Chief Barack Obama cannot or will not make this decision unilaterally, then we the people through the Congress must do it ourselves.

Enough is enough. We have waited too long for the politicians and the Military Command to take actions against the epidemic of Military Sexual Trauma. We have elected each one of our Representatives. It is time to let them know that if they don't take action and remove the responsibility of rape investigations and prosecutions from the military, then it will be time for us to remove them from their positions. 

This military rape epidemic festers because it truly is a cancer -- and like every patient with cancer, the military needs a specialist. The legislation that the service chiefs oppose -- Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's H.R. 2016: Military Justice Improvement Act  that seeks to reform prosecutions by removing them from commanders heretofore unwilling or unable to pursue them -- is just what the doctor ordered. 

The American people are far ahead of the military commanders and apologist politicians on this one: We know rape is rape and we believe that a person's right to be free of sexual assault does not end when he or she dons the uniform. To the contrary, we vest our military with great power and responsibility. Millions of military heroes besmirched by thousands of military rapists know that today's hearing wasn't good enough. At stake in this debate is not merely the fate of thousands of military sexual trauma survivors seeking advancement in the ranks or benefits for PTSD as veterans. At stake is this debate is not merely the lives of those courageous survivors who spoke out in The Invisible War documentary about their victimization by assailants and re-victimization by the military command. At stake in this debate is no less than the character of our country. Are we a nation that enables our servicemembers to be raped by their peers or aren't we? Most of us say no. 

As Senator Mark Udall said so eloquently: "We ask a hell of a lot from our troops -- but I refuse to ask them to put up with rape." In their wisdom, our founders made us a nation of laws not men. Though forged in war, we are a country purposely ruled by civilians not military. 

So what comes next? The Commander in Chief and the Secretary of Defense simply must step in and modernize the mores and the procedures of the greatest military in the world. Rather than give lip service to victims and continued power to victimizers, the leaders must remove commanders from convening rape prosecutions. And if the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Commander in Chief Barack Obama cannot or will not make this decision unilaterally, then we the people through the Congress must do it ourselves.

Signed,

Olga Ferrer

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We know rape is rape and we believe that a person's right to be free of sexual assault does not end when he or she dons the uniform. To the contrary, we vest our military with great power...

We know rape is rape and we believe that a person's right to be free of sexual assault does not end when he or she dons the uniform. To the contrary, we vest our military with great power and responsibility. These veterans and military members serve and protect our country. They sacrifice their lives and their hearts for the freedoms we enjoy every day. 

In return, we have kept quiet about the atrocities of rape and sexual abuse soldiers face each and every day. This cannot continue. Enough is enough. Is time to tell our elected officials, vote for H.R. 2016: Military Justice Improvement Act or be vote out of office.

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