Military Rape Speech 17 by Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Madame Speaker — I rise again to highlight the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military.
This is the 17th time I’ve stood on the House floor to tell the story of a brave member of the U.S. military who was raped or sexually assaulted by a fellow service member.
Today I will tell you the story of Elle Helmer who served at the prestigious Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. at 8th and I from 2005-2006. The Marines who serve here in Washington are known throughout the military as the tip of the sword. They perform ceremonial roles and participate in the silent drill platoon.
You will notice that Elle’s story follows the exact same pattern as the dozens of stories I’ve told before and probably the same pattern of the estimated 19,000 rapes and sexual assaults that occurred in the military in 2010. This is the pattern of the epidemic.
To read the rest of Elle’s story as told by Rep. Jackie Speier, click here.
Are you a survivor of rape or sexual assault in the military? Congresswoman Speier is personally inviting you to share your story by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
If you have experienced rape, sexual assault or harassment in military service, know that there are resources to help you.
Survivor Support Network: Services, Resources, Hotlines, MST Forums, and Suggestions
Sexual Assault Support for the DoD Community