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

March 15, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Ranking Member on the House Armed Service’s Military Personnel Subcommittee, will introduce legislation tomorrow 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.

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

What:         Introduction of SIPPA after Marines United Briefing

When:        Thursday, March 16, 2017

                    1-2 p.m.

Where:       421 Cannon HOB

                    Washington, DC 20515

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