Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Express gratitude for investigation into alleged sexual abuse of Colombian children.
The alleged sexual abuse of dozens of Colombian children by members of the United States military is finally being fully investigated by the Army. This is the first step in ensuring that the survivors of these abuses get the justice they deserve. Applaud the Commander in Chief for launching this investigation.
Colombian officials recently leveled these horrendous allegations against American military members and contractors. Specifically, they accused American soldiers who were stationed in the country in the early 2000s as part of the United States’ War on Drugs of drugging, raping, and otherwise sexually abusing at least 54 Colombian girls, and the American government of letting them get away with it.
Thanks to the tireless advocacy of those who would not let such war crimes go unpunished, including those here at ForceChange, the American military has heard the resounding call for justice. The United States Army has gone on record saying that it takes these allegations seriously and that it has launched a joint investigation into them with the Colombian government.
Terrible crimes like these too often are swept under the rug and kept there—the launch of an investigation, while only a first step, should be viewed as a great success. Sign the petition below to express your appreciation to President Obama for following up on these disgusting allegations.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing you today regarding the allegations of sexual abuse that have been leveled against our military by the Colombian government and your decision to seriously investigate them. I wanted to take the time to express my gratitude to you for not allowing complacency in the face of such horrible accusations.
War is never clean. It is ugly, dirty, and dangerous, and that reality can never be avoided. Such realities should never be used, though, to allow and justify the wholesale terrorization of completely innocent parties in conflict zones, most especially of children. The sadistic rape and abuse of children by anyone, not the least of which members of the military, cannot ever be tolerated and must be punished with prejudice.
It is important that we have the capacity to admit to ourselves that our military is not infallible, and that its members can take advantage of their power and authority for pure evil. Thank you for doing the right thing and launching this investigation.
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