7/23/12

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D- San Francisco/San Mateo) made the following statement in response to the sentencing of Staff Sgt. Luis Walker who was convicted on charges of rape, sexual assault, and sexual misconduct with 10 recruits at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.

"The military jury confirmed what we already knew, Walker is a sexual predator who used his position in the military to rape and sexually assault young recruits at Lackland. But a sentence of 20 years in confinement is inadequate for a man who abused 10 victims - 2 years jail time per victim is not justice for the women betrayed by a military leader.

"The only way to end rape in the military is prosecute, convict, and punish perpetrators to the full extent of military law. Walker's court martial conviction is still the exception and not the rule. Last year, out of 19,000 military rapes and sexual assaults, only 3200 victims reported the attacks and only 191 cases resulted in court martial conviction.

"The widespread sex abuse scandal at Lackland demands a Congressional investigation. We need to know how this behavior was permitted at Lackland for so long and by so many."

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