Target: United States Congress
Goal: Take sexual assault investigations out of the military chain of command
Recently, several Senators introduced legislation that would take investigations of sexual assault in the military out of the chain of command. The bill would revoke military commanders’ ability to overturn sexual assault convictions. Urge Congress to take action against sexual assault in the military by passing this bill.
Last year there were an estimated 26,000 sexual assaults in the military, a 35 percent increase from the previous year, with officials saying that many victims are unwilling or unable to report their assault for fear of retaliation. Within the military, two people in leadership positions have been caught committing the crimes they are supposed to prevent, including the head of the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention program, who was arrested for allegedly groping a woman; and a sergeant in charge of the health and wellness of dozens of cadets at prestigious military academy West Point was accused of filming female cadets in the shower.
In response to the growing problem of sexual assault in the military, several Senators have introduced the Military Justice Improvement Act, which will move the decision to prosecute military rape out of the chain of command and into the justice system.
Internal investigations within the military cannot be impartial while commanders have the ability to overturn sexual assault convictions. Take the power to investigate and punish those accused of sexual assault within the military out of the chain of command. Sign the petition below to ask Congress to pass the Military Justice Improvement Act.
I urge you to co-sponsor and pass the Military Justice Improvement Act, which would move the decision to prosecute military rape out of the chain of command and prevent commanders from overturning sexual assault convictions.
Last year there were 26,000 reported sexual assaults in the military, and at least two members of the military in positions of power to protect the military have been accused of the crimes they were supposed to prevent. The military justice system is in need of reform, and the Military Justice Improvement Act would be a start to bring justice for sexual assault survivors.
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