Please join us: Tell President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to
protect our service members from rape and sexual assault! Remove Lt. Gen.
Franklin and Lt. Col. Wilkerson from the United States Air Force. The only way
to end the epidemic of sexual assault in the military is to hold leaders, like
Franklin, who cover up and condone these crimes and those who commit the
crimes, like Wilkerson, accountable. Our service members deserve better. Our
country deserves better.
The crisis of rape and sexual abuse in the military
threatens good order and discipline within the ranks of the armed services. It
threatens the safety and livelihood of our men and women in uniform, and their
families. And it threatens the national security of the United States.
Franklin's subsequent explanation showed no valid basis to
overturn the conviction, decided by a jury comprised of senior military
officers, that he selected. What
mattered to Franklin was that Wilkerson like himself was a senior officer and
fighter pilot. They served together in Iraq and had many mutual friends. What
mattered was the "good ol' boys" network.
Leaders who fail to prosecute and punish the sexual
predators in our military services must face consequences, or the culture that
fosters this epidemic will never end.
Survivors of military sexual assault are calling on President Obama and Defense Sec. Hagel
to discharge Lt. Gen. Franklin and Lt. Col. Wilkerson. Please help Protect Our
Defenders and sign their petition!
Members of Congress, from both parties, have condemned
Franklin's egregious action.
"Franklin clearly substituted his own independent judgment for that
of the convened fact-finding panel," said Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, a
member of the House Armed Services Committee.
"This [Franklin's explanation] letter, is filled with
selective reasoning and assumptions from someone with no legal training, and
it's appalling that the reasoning spelled out in the letter served as the basis
to overturn a jury verdict in this case," said Senator Claire McCaskill
(D-MO) – Wall Street Journal. The
Senator went on to say, according to the Washington Post, parts of Franklin's
letter explaining his actions, "just set my teeth on edge."