The United States is facing an epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military. The Department of Defense estimates that there were 26,000 incidences in 2012, up from 19,000 in 2010. Due to a culture heavy on retaliation and light on prosecution, only 13.5 percent of those were reported. Military service is one of our nation’s highest callings.
Congresswoman Speier believes we cannot, as a country, allow violent criminals to degrade the honor of the Armed Forces and certainly cannot condone a system that is designed to protect the perpetrators and punish the survivors. She has been working on the issue of military sexual assault for over 3 years.
On April 17, 2013, Congresswoman Speier re-introduced the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act (STOP Act), which would take the reporting, oversight, investigation and victim care of sexual assaults out of the hands of the military’s normal chain of command and place jurisdiction in the newly created, autonomous Sexual Assault Oversight and Response Office comprised of civilian and military experts.
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Opinion Pieces by Congresswoman Speier
- Four-star Generals are not Infallible, San Francisco Chronicle
- San Antonio Express: Code of Military Justice needs to be updated for 21st century
- New York Daily News: Assaults in armed forces must stop immediately
- CNN: Why rapists in military get away with it
- CNN: Victims of Military Rape Need Justice
- Huffington Post: A Crisis in Our Military
- San Francisco Chronicle: Rapes of Women in the Military “a national disgrace"
Floor Speeches on Military Sexual Assault