The Pentagon Is Camouflaging the Truth About Rape in the Military


Nancy Parrish
Huffington Post
April 20, 2012

On Friday of last week, the Department of Defense issued its Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military. First conducted in 2004, this report has helped shine a light on the severity and scope of the crisis of rape in the US military. The disturbing statistics that have been reported include the stunning estimate that, in FY 2010, there were 19,000 sexual assaults among Active Duty personnel.

The 2011 report validates our worst fears. The data shows that the military’s handling of sexual assaults is getting worse, much worse. Charges, courts-martial and convictions plummeted, but there is absolutely no indication that sex crimes decreased.

But while the report is extremely troubling, of even greater concern is the Pentagon’s determined effort to confuse and misinform the public about its own findings.

To read the full piece at the Huffington Post, click here.


To reach for web site archive of  the Department of Defense Annual Reports on Sexual Assaults in the Military, click here.



Nancy Parrish is the President of Protect Our Defenders.


Click here to learn more about how the organization is working to “honor, support and give voice to the brave women and men in uniform who have been raped or sexually assaulted by fellow service members. “

Congresswoman Jackie Speier on Military Rape (#12)


Congresswoman Jackie Speier gave her 12th floor speech on military rape and sexual assault today. She talked about Col. Michael Robertson who was convicted of 14 charges. His punishment? A $30,000 fine and 3 months in jail. He’ll be allowed to retire with full rank and benefits, but won’t be required to register as a sex offender. Indefensible!

On Thursday, November 17, 2011, Speier will introduce legislation and announce a campaign to combat sexual violence in the military. She will hold a press conference at 9:45 am ET at the National Press Club in Washington DC with Nancy Parish, President of Protect Our Defenders, and military rape victims.


For more information on the November 17th press conference, click here.