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Congresswoman Speier, Gloria Allred and Marines United Survivor to Announce Bill to Criminalize Servicemembers Sharing Intimate Images Without Consent

March 16, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Ranking Member on the House Armed Service’s Military Personnel Subcommittee, will introduce legislation today that would close a massive gap in the Uniform Code of Military Justice by prohibiting military service members from sharing intimate images without the consent of the individual(s) depicted. Rep. Speier will introduce the Servicemembers Intimate Privacy Protection Act (SIPPA) following a briefing by Marine Corps leadership on the Marines United scandal and subsequent investigation. Joining the congresswoman will be nationally renowned women’s and victims’ rights attorney Gloria Allred, as well as Ms. Allred’s client, Marine veteran Erika Butner. Ms. Butner is a survivor who bravely came forward to illustrate the destruction wrought on her life and career after personal photos of her were posted without her consent on the Marines United Facebook group. Also in attendance will be Ret. Col. Don Christensen, a former Air Force Chief Prosecutor and President of Protect Our Defenders, the only national organization solely dedicated to ending the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military and combating a culture of pervasive sexual harassment and retribution against survivors and whistleblowers.

Members of the media, please RSVP to tracy.manzer@mail.house.gov if you plan to attend.     

Who:          Congresswoman Jackie Speier

                   Gloria Allred, women’s and victim’s rights attorney

                   Erika Butner, Marine veteran

                   Col. Don Christensen, president of Protect our Defenders

What:         Introduction of SIPPA after Marines United Briefing

When:        Today, Thursday, March 16, 2017

                    1-2 p.m.

Where:       421 Cannon HOB

                   Washington, DC 20515

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