PETITION: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 to 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 Representative is time to let them know if they don't take action and remove the responsibility of rape investigations and prosecutions from the military, then is time for us to remove them out of 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
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
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 careers 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.