Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment are a plague on the Armed Forces of the United States of America. This crisis threatens our national security by undermining operational readiness, draining morale, harming retention, and destroying lives.

The government has studied this issue for decades, and yet, assaults on our troops continue year after year with no end in sight. Sexual predators regularly walk away with slaps on the wrist instead of hard time. Servicemembers who are preyed upon have little to no protection against unsympathetic commanders and vengeful perpetrators. A hostile workplace environment of harassment and intimidation prevails.

We believe that Americans should not sacrifice their right to bodily integrity when they step forward to serve our nation. Turning a blind eye to crimes committed by sexual predators goes against the core values that are the hallmark of military leadership. Honor is found in the integrity, courage and commitment of troops and leaders to do the right thing and confront this crisis, protect and care for their own, and punish those who dare to harm a sister or brother in arms.

We, the undersigned, call on the United States Congress to hold the U.S. Armed Forces accountable for this crisis and to immediately develop and implement a comprehensive plan to eliminate rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment from our nation's military forever.

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  • Anonymous Having a female child that was violently raped while serving in the armed forces, enrages me to no end. I believe the culprit should pay for the continued pain and suffering, not only she faces daily, but others who have suffered the same fate.

  • O. Sami Saydjari This situation is unacceptable. Failure to take positive action means complicity. Do the right thing. Now.

  • Aangi Mueller Very much interested in joining a class action lawsuit. The Illinois Army National Guard has repeatedly botched the treatment and threatened female members from coming forward. If my story can help another soul please use it!

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