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senate Bill S. 1495

Should Military Programs & Processes for Responding to Sexual Assault be Improved?

Argument in favor

Sexual assault in the military is a tremendous problem. Low prosecution rates and even lower conviction rates are endangering servicemembers’ safety. This bill would give military commanders, investigators, prosecutors, and survivors the resources to investigate and punish these crimes.

burrkitty's Opinion
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08/11/2019
Are they humans or animals?!?! I reject this “boys will be boys” mentally that implies that these ADULT MEN fail to understand consent or that somehow military training turns ADULT MEN into UNCONTROLLABLE ANIMALS who are somehow not responsible for RAPE. We don’t train men to rape in the military! BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT.
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DayGallini's Opinion
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08/11/2019
This is a dumb question. Yes. Of course. Why would you not?
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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08/11/2019
👍🏻👍🏻Senate bill S-1495 AKA the Combating Military Sexual Assault👍🏻👍🏻 I’m in full agreement with Senate bill S-1495 AKA the Combating Military Sexual Assault Act which would seek to combat military sexual assault by bolstering sexual assault reduction programs in the military, making improvements to the investigation and judicial process and enhancing victim support after an assault has been reported. A breakdown of this bill’s provisions can be found below: Sexual assault in the military is a tremendous problem. Low prosecution rates and even lower conviction rates are endangering servicemembers’ safety. This bill would give military commanders, investigators, prosecutors, and survivors the resources to investigate and punish these crimes. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻S-1495👍🏻👍🏻. 8.11.19....
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Argument opposed

Keeping military commanders involved in the sexual assault response process is a bad idea. Evidence shows that military commanders often pressure those reporting sexual assault to drop their claims; so relying on them to investigate and prosecute these crimes is doomed to fail.

SaltyCWolf's Opinion
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08/11/2019
As someone involved in the process I can tell you first hand that the issue is a political tail wagging the dog. What everyone forgets is that instead of helping we’ve over complicated the situation with red tape. Because the military is full of young adults & adolescents who are on their own for the first time they are making bad decisions and false reporting in an attempt to indemnify themselves or a friend. Unfortunately military police and college campus police have a lot in common. Where the military is at a disadvantage is the levels of bureaucracy and ineffectiveness they must operate under. Further complicated by the need to with draw from civilian overreach if the other member isn’t military. There lies the issue of needing to coordinate with local law enforcement. The congressional requirements already put in place on the military doesn’t align with local and federal laws. The issue is the multitude of bad conduct but less than rape and harassment is overwhelming the system because of this meddling. If Congress was trying to truly fix the conduct and safety of all military personnel then we need to address the elephant in the room. We need the DOD to: 1. Unify Law Enforcement duties across all 7 uniformed services 2. Create a single DOD Law Enforcement System and have all services use the same forms, procedures at both NJP, Courts Martial, and better utilize the Federal Court system vice passing the buck to local governments 3. Unify the many different Federal Civilian Investigators in the separate branches and stop them from being restrained by military commanders who worry their actions my negatively impact their evaluations or command image. This would also prevent the historical Service vs Service turf battles
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jimK's Opinion
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08/11/2019
I think SaltyCWolf has identified the core issues very well and I feel that the solutions identified are on target. When we train our youth to prepare for war, we train them to embrace their basic instincts in order to be effective in what ever roles they would have. Sexual encounters between youth who are in the process of adapting to a new environs can be expected, with all the issues of he-said, she-said and support or condemnation by peers or superiors. It is also easier for commanders who have command-authority over subordinates to abuse that authority by either initiating sexual assault or helping to cover it up for otherwise ‘good’ soldiers. I think the key to solving this comes from removing a couple of layers of command structure from any ability to influence the investigative process other than to answer questions, with orders from on-high that they may not discuss any details with service people involved and that service people may not discuss any details of the investigation with their commanders or peers- and all of this enforced by strict penalties. I do not know how much of this may already be in place. I do know that career commanders will try to keep an unblemished record and would lean toward actions to protect their command ‘accomplishments’ in lieu of protecting those who may be damaged.
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Thelma's Opinion
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08/11/2019
Allowing the military to investigate its own sex crimes has been part of the problem. Case in point: McSally just called another woman in the military a liar because the woman came forth with her own story of abuse. While it was a he-said-she-said situation, as many are, the system McSally presents will do nothing to protect women who serve our country.
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    Are they humans or animals?!?! I reject this “boys will be boys” mentally that implies that these ADULT MEN fail to understand consent or that somehow military training turns ADULT MEN into UNCONTROLLABLE ANIMALS who are somehow not responsible for RAPE. We don’t train men to rape in the military! BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT.
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    As someone involved in the process I can tell you first hand that the issue is a political tail wagging the dog. What everyone forgets is that instead of helping we’ve over complicated the situation with red tape. Because the military is full of young adults & adolescents who are on their own for the first time they are making bad decisions and false reporting in an attempt to indemnify themselves or a friend. Unfortunately military police and college campus police have a lot in common. Where the military is at a disadvantage is the levels of bureaucracy and ineffectiveness they must operate under. Further complicated by the need to with draw from civilian overreach if the other member isn’t military. There lies the issue of needing to coordinate with local law enforcement. The congressional requirements already put in place on the military doesn’t align with local and federal laws. The issue is the multitude of bad conduct but less than rape and harassment is overwhelming the system because of this meddling. If Congress was trying to truly fix the conduct and safety of all military personnel then we need to address the elephant in the room. We need the DOD to: 1. Unify Law Enforcement duties across all 7 uniformed services 2. Create a single DOD Law Enforcement System and have all services use the same forms, procedures at both NJP, Courts Martial, and better utilize the Federal Court system vice passing the buck to local governments 3. Unify the many different Federal Civilian Investigators in the separate branches and stop them from being restrained by military commanders who worry their actions my negatively impact their evaluations or command image. This would also prevent the historical Service vs Service turf battles
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    How is this even a question!?!!
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    This is a dumb question. Yes. Of course. Why would you not?
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    I think SaltyCWolf has identified the core issues very well and I feel that the solutions identified are on target. When we train our youth to prepare for war, we train them to embrace their basic instincts in order to be effective in what ever roles they would have. Sexual encounters between youth who are in the process of adapting to a new environs can be expected, with all the issues of he-said, she-said and support or condemnation by peers or superiors. It is also easier for commanders who have command-authority over subordinates to abuse that authority by either initiating sexual assault or helping to cover it up for otherwise ‘good’ soldiers. I think the key to solving this comes from removing a couple of layers of command structure from any ability to influence the investigative process other than to answer questions, with orders from on-high that they may not discuss any details with service people involved and that service people may not discuss any details of the investigation with their commanders or peers- and all of this enforced by strict penalties. I do not know how much of this may already be in place. I do know that career commanders will try to keep an unblemished record and would lean toward actions to protect their command ‘accomplishments’ in lieu of protecting those who may be damaged.
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    👍🏻👍🏻Senate bill S-1495 AKA the Combating Military Sexual Assault👍🏻👍🏻 I’m in full agreement with Senate bill S-1495 AKA the Combating Military Sexual Assault Act which would seek to combat military sexual assault by bolstering sexual assault reduction programs in the military, making improvements to the investigation and judicial process and enhancing victim support after an assault has been reported. A breakdown of this bill’s provisions can be found below: Sexual assault in the military is a tremendous problem. Low prosecution rates and even lower conviction rates are endangering servicemembers’ safety. This bill would give military commanders, investigators, prosecutors, and survivors the resources to investigate and punish these crimes. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻S-1495👍🏻👍🏻. 8.11.19....
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    Improving the atmosphere of sexual coercion in the military should be an ongoing top priority for every leader and individual soldier who serves! In many ways and any many times, our military has shown us the way to ensure proper implementation of our core national values. They serve as a beloved and respected model for how we as citizens should view both our country and our place in it! We hold our military up as the symbol for demonstrating our national values, and those values most needed now — self-respect, respect for others regardless gender, race, creed , country of origin or sexual identity— find their best representation in our men and women who serve. This should be encouraged and supported at all levels.
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    Of course! Military sexual abuse must be exposed and perpetrators held accountable!
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    Yes it need to be improved
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    And backed up with lie-detectors.
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    I support what Senator McSally’s Bill would do, not just for women but men also. Sex crimes don’t just affect women but men as well. #MAGA
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    Another mindless question. Yes, reporting of sexual assaults should be improved and those that report assaults should be held harmless in every way, including in their military careers.
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    Yes and put teeth in it. Commanders often cover it up for officers an upper enlisted. I was in The navy during tail hook. There was an incident with in the year. That should have led to corrective action against an E-7. They told the young lady she didn’t report it in the required time period. An she reported with in 48 hours?
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    Allowing the military to investigate its own sex crimes has been part of the problem. Case in point: McSally just called another woman in the military a liar because the woman came forth with her own story of abuse. While it was a he-said-she-said situation, as many are, the system McSally presents will do nothing to protect women who serve our country.
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    Hell yes. Start be believing women and men who report sexual abuse in their workplaces and schools. Don't give those proven guilty a slap on the wrist; jail time, or chemical castration seem a fair response for someone who rapes.
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    Practices MUST be implemented and those who commit assaults should be immediately removed from their commands...as it is those MEN with high ranks who have been the ones who have committed, lied about it and refused to support the victims. It’s time for them to be held accountable, no more slap on the wrists or swept under the rug! Their careers should be over just like they destroy the victims who report them. If it happens under your command YOU are equally guilty. I am angry....I did not realize why my brother discouraged me from joining the military. NOW I thank him for redirecting me. Military Sexual Trauma is ONLY being talked about now and it’s a shame that it has gone on so long and ignored!
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    This has to stop, period. Women don’t join the military to be someone’s sexual toy. Women are no different than males when it come to an occupation. It doesn’t matter if you work in an office, a factory, a hospital, a garage, or drive truck, or police officer or military. They want a career or a learning advantage to gain a career. If Congress drags their butt on this issue they should bow down and be ashamed of themselves. This could be their daughter or granddaughter. Put an end with high punishment.
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    It’s time the old boys club stops in the military. Women should have better Methods of reporting and following through than they have now. The boys will be boys attitude is stupid because they are NOT boys they ARE men and men can control what they do. They control what they want to control you can tell they’re not doing it in the military now. The military attitude has always been : Find them (women), Fool them, F**k them, FORGET THEM. TIME FOR A BIG CHANGE.
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    Of course. A military with espres de core is a mighty army. Attacking soldiers sexually not only under mines the army’s objective but civil and criminal rights of that soldier who has been attacked. It is a black eye on all of those who serve. Soldiers who are guilty of sexual assault must face the harshest punishments. Commanders who bury theses attacks also need to be stripped of their command and their careers- jail them
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    We should start by making the processes entirely outside the military so that higher-ups don’t get to abuse those under them and then control the process when they get accused.
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