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Proponents of keeping investigations within the chain of command say it ensures accountability.
Opponents say the current system discourages victims from coming forward.
While we believe the latter - as evidenced by only 3,374 cases of the estimated 26,000 sexual assaults ending up reported last year - we're interested to hear your thoughts.
Check out Kira Zalan's article in the U.S. News Weekly's Two Takes below, and let us know what you think.
Want to do more? Call your Senators and let them know what you think too. You can identify them and find their number here: http://phonebank.org/campaign/fight-justice-military-sexual-assault-survivors
26,000 men and women were raped last year while serving in the United States Armed Forces. That breaks down to 70 assaults every day. And now, two officers - including the head of the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention program - have been arrested for the very crimes they’re supposed to prevent.
Enough is enough.
It’s time for serious changes to be made to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, moving the decision to investigate and prosecute sexual assault out of the chain of command. This morning, Senators Gillibrand, Collins, Boxer, Johanns, Begich, Blumenthal, Coons, Franken, Hirono, Mikulski, Pryor and Shaheen, as well as Representatives Gabbard, Benishek, Hanna, and Sinema, introduced new bicameral legislation to do just that.
This bill, the Military Justice Improvement Act, would also end commanders’ ability to overturn sexual assault convictions and instead give that discretion to experienced trial counsel.
But it won't happen alone. We need your help to make this bill into law. Support survivors and call your Senators TODAY! Ask them to join the fight and co-sponsor this bill to take the adjudication of military sexual assault out of the chain of command, for once and for all.
CLICK HERE to find your Senators, and watch this video to learn more about the military’s broken justice system and why this bill can fix it:
Every 21 minutes another service member is assaulted. Let’s make sure they see the justice they’ve earned.
Together, we are #NotInvisible.