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Protect Our Defenders
Protect Our Defenders campaign leader

"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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