Volunteer Committees

Protect Our Defenders Committee volunteers are survivors, family members, veterans, service providers, and concerned citizens.

Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee’s mission is to educate the public and media, to raise awareness, and to advocate for transformational policy and cultural change required to end the crisis of rape, sexual assault and harassment within our military.

Member activities may include:

Engaging in local and national advocacy, participating in Protect Our Defenders’ call-to-action campaigns, inviting individuals and groups to become aware of the problem of sexual assault in the military, speaking about victim care and treatment for individuals still in the military, as well as veterans. Advocacy Committee members may become active in local VA facilities, participate in panels and conferences on MST, reach out to help and support MST survivors, and speak to the media to document their story and discuss current news about military sexual assaults.

Program Committee

The Program Committee’s mission is to provide support through our core programs for survivors and ensure they have access to the services they need to navigate the military’s complicated justice and administrative systems, operate within the veteran’s administration and health system, and heal from the traumas of rape and sexual assault.

Members’ activities may include:

Raising awareness of Protect Our Defenders’ programs and resources, encouraging appropriate veteran service organizations to include MST therapies within their existing PTSD programs, providing and expanding our Peer-To-Peer Support Program, sharing experiences and information with fellow survivors, helping to build our survivor Support Services Network, growing and promoting the Pro-Bono Legal Network, and helping to raise funds for our 911 Emergency Fund.

Policy Committee

The Policy Committee’s mission is to research and discuss existing and new ideas and approaches for policies related to military sexual assault.

Members’ activities may include:

Contributing to research of specific issues and possible solutions to those issues, engaging in public speaking on behalf of Protect Our Defenders, sharing information about sexual abuse in the military, and using that information to discuss changes and policies that would increase awareness and lead to the reduction and eventual elimination of sexual abuse and harassment in the military. The Policy Committee may collaborate with other organizations that are studying military sexual abuse problems and considering general policies and procedures to address the issue.