Active duty female personnel make up nearly 15% of our current armed forces, or about 200,000 of our 1.4 million servicemembers. Even before the ban prohibiting women from participating in combat was lifted, many female troops had experienced combat. Unfortunately, many of these Americans have also experienced the ugly specter of military sexual assault (MSA) committed by fellow servicemembers. It is estimated nearly one of every three female military personnel has been sexually assaulted, compared with an average of one of every six female civilians. In 2012, nearly 3,400 MSAs were reported by servicemembers. However, about 85% of all MSAs are not reported and our Pentagon estimates there were actually 26,000 sexual assaults, or about 71 per day during that year. Although men are also sexually assaulted in the military, most of the victims of MSA are female junior enlists under the age of 25. The vast majority of perpetrators are older, generally higher-ranking males under the age of 35. Advocates claim these crimes undermine the morale and cohesion of our military units. They also say many convicted offenders go unpunished because superiors often overturn their convictions. The Obama administration has enacted new rules to fight this scourge. One rule would expand the role victims have in court-martial and sentencing processes. Another would require all MSA reports submitted by victims who wish to press charges against the offender be immediately brought to the attention of the first general or admiral in the chain of command of that organization. Critics say these rules do not go far enough to ensure military sexual assaults will no longer occur.
S.1032 & H.R.2207 – Better Enforcement for Sexual Assault Free Environments Act
S.1092 & H.R.1864 – A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to require an Inspector General investigation of allegations of retaliatory personnel actions taken in response to making protected communications regarding sexual assault.
I oppose reforming current military sexual assault policy and wish to defeat S.1032 & H.R.2207 and S.1092 & H.R.1864
I support prohibiting judges from setting aside military sexual assault (MSA) charges or verdicts without explanation; requiring mandatory discharge or dismissal for MSA offenses and consideration of temporary leave or reassignment of an active duty servicemember accused of MSA; briefing commanders of non-confidential MSA reports; making counsel available for victims of MSA, and wish to pass S.1032 & H.R.2207
I support requiring an Inspector General investigation of allegations of retaliatory personnel actions taken in response to making protected communications regarding sexual assault, and wish to pass S.1092 & H.R.1864