Military Rape Speech 20 by Congresswoman Jackie Speier

 

Congresswoman Jackie Speier
May 17, 2012

 

 

Today I rise again to speak about the horrific situation in the military and that is the epidemic of rape and sexual assault that goes on unabated. This is the 20th time that I’m here on the floor to tell the story of yet another victim. 19 times before I’ve been on this floor to tell about victims in military service. I’ve told you about the military culture that treats sexual harassment and assault with a silent acceptance, and the command structure that punishes the victim and does not take care of dealing with the perpetrator.

Today i am going to tell you about the culture that exists in our military service academies that train our cadets to become commissioned officers. I’ve not told you that the same conflicted chain of command structure that exists in the military also exists at our prestigious service academies. The military academy at West Point and the Naval, Coast Guard, Air Force and Merchant Marine follow the same rules of the military. The Uniform Code of Military Justice. Today I’m going to tell you the story of Karley Marquet who was a first-year cadet when she was raped just last year.

She was a spanking brand new West Pointer, gifted in both academics and athletics, Karley was a star high school student. She had her pick to go to any number of colleges. She chose West Point because she wanted to serve her country. West Point chose Karley because she possessed the skills and character that the Army needs for success.

Click the link to view or read Congresswoman Speier’s 20th speech on military rape.

To view Congresswoman Speier’s speeches on military rape, click this usmvaw page link.

 

For additional information:

Rep. Jackie Speier | Rape and Sexual Assault in the Military

Protect Our Defenders

Letter to STOP Act Co-Sponsors (call to action)

 

“H.R. 3435, the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act – or 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.”  (Rep. Jackie Speier)

To see the current status of “The STOP Act” click the links below:

STOP Act Summary

The Stop Act: The Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act (H.R. 3435)

Military Rape Speech 19 by Congresswoman Jackie Speier

 

Congresswoman Jackie Speier
April 25, 2012

 

 

I rise for the 19th time to highlight the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military. By the military’s own figures, 19,000 sexual assaults and rapes occur each year, but only 13% of the members of the military actually report them.

Last week I met with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, along with my colleagues to discuss DOD’s new report of data on rape and sexual assault in the military. The report shows a slight increase in reports of rape and assault, but a startling decrease in the number of charges brought against purported perpetrators. With the decrease in charges came significant decrease in prosecution, punishment, and convictions.

The numbers, frankly, are discouraging. I was only pleased about one thing, Secretary Panetta and I agree the only way to solve this problem is with an increase in prosecution. We agree on the result to be achieved but for right now we do not agree on the steps to achieve it. After our meeting, Secretary Panetta announced new initiatives, but DOD’s three major proposals will not increase prosecutions, convictions, or punishments.

 

Click the link to view or read Congresswoman Speier’s 19th speech on military rape.

 

To view Congresswoman Speier’s speeches on military rape, click this usmvaw page link.

 

For additional information:

Rep. Jackie Speier | Rape and Sexual Assault in the Military

Protect Our Defenders

Letter to STOP Act Co-Sponsors (call to action)

 

“H.R. 3435, the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act – or 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.”  (Rep. Jackie Speier)

 

To see the current status of “The STOP Act” click the links below:

STOP Act Summary

The Stop Act: The Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act (H.R. 3435)

U.S. Military Must Change How it Deals with Rape, Lawmaker Says

 

Michael Muskal
Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2012

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier on Wednesday castigated the U.S. military for its policies in dealing with rape and sexual assault and repeated her call for legislation to fix a system she said was broken.

In a floor speech, Speier (D-Hillsborough) called for passage of her legislation that would move rape and assault investigations out of the normal chain of command and put them in the hands of an impartial office. Her speech came in the same week that eight current and former members of the U.S. military filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging they had been raped, assaulted or harassed while serving, and that were targeted by superiors after reporting the attacks.

The Pentagon has repeatedly deplored sexual assaults and has insisted that it has no tolerance for such attacks. In December, it announced a new policy that gives those charging a sexual assault the option of a quick transfer to another unit or installation. The Defense Department has also stepped up training in handling such cases and in preventing assaults.

To read the full article in the Los Angeles Times, click here.

 

 

 

 

In this post, usmvaw offers information about some significant current events that address the ongoing problems of sexual harrassment, assault, and rape of women and men in the military.

The class-action lawsuit filed in February of this year by seventeen U.S. veterans against Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his predecessor Donald Rumsfield has been amended.

The lawsuit now lists twenty-eight plaintiffs.

The amended version is available in PDF format at the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) web site. To read it, click here.

On November 17th, the Military Rape Crisis Center will be joining Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-12) at the National Press Club in Washington DC for a press conference regarding Sexual Assault and Harassment in the Military.

Congresswoman Speier will announce legislation to address the systematic problem of sexual assault and harassment among our men and women in the military.

If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to Congresswoman Speier’s office at 202.225.3531.

If you are an MST survivor and plan on attending, please also email panayiota@stopmilitaryrape.org

 

Send Representative Speier
your personal story at

StopMilitaryRape@Mail.House.Gov

 

If you choose to share your experience with the Congresswoman,
please indicate whether or not you are willing to give her your permission to share it on the House floor.

Rep. Jackie Speier Delivers Ninth Speech
on Rape and Sexual Assault in the Military

October 4, 2011

 

Rep. Jackie Speier

 ” Read my lips, the military must end rape in this country and those who commit such crimes must be brought to justice.”

Rep. Jackie Speier (D) California
April 6, 2011

Send Representative Speier
your personal story at

StopMilitaryRape@Mail.House.Gov

If you choose to share your experience with the Congresswoman, please indicate whether or not you are willing to give her your permission to share it on the House floor.

 

Visit Congresswoman Speiers’ web page on Rape And Sexual Assault In The Military, here.