"On Friday, the sexual assault victims’ advocacy group Protect Our Defenders called for a hold on Jo Ann Rooney’s nomination because of the comments.
The organization’s president, Nancy Parrish, said Rooney’s comments 'do not reflect the attitude of a person who deserves to be in a position of leadership.
'It is astounding to hear our military leaders proclaim that service members are not deserving of a system of justice based on the evidence in their case,' Parrish said. 'While our military leaders testify that they are finally getting serious about ‘zero tolerance,’ their actions and testimony suggest the opposite.'"
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United States Navy Undersecretary nominee, Dr. Jo Ann Rooney in written testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, stated that if proposed changes to remove prosecution decisions for sexual assault from the often biased chain of command were made, the result would be "decisions based on evidence rather than the interest in preserving good order and discipline." Dr. Rooney's comment…
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