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Protect Our Defenders President Testifies at Senate Hearing on Military Sexual Assault

1. Read remarks from Protect Our Defenders President, Nancy Parrish (Download printable PDF version)
2. Read a recap of military sexual assault scandals in recent weeks (PDF)
3. Read a letter from Tina Clemans, mother of a military sexual assault survivor (PDF)
4. Read anonymous accounts on the mishandling of sexual assault cases by the military (PDF)

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2013
Contact: Brian Purchia, , brian@protectourdefenders.com


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PROTECT OUR DEFENDERS TO TESTIFY AT SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HEARING ON EPIDEMIC OF RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY

President Nancy Parrish to testify on pending legislation that would remove sexual assault cases from chain of command, strip commanders of their ability to overturn convictions


Washington DC –
 Tomorrow, the Senate Armed Services’ Oversight subcommittee willhold a hearing on legislation regarding sexual assaults in the military. Proposed bi-partisan legislation (the Military Justice Improvement Act) from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) would drastically reform the military justice system, and the way sexual assault cases would be handled.

Protect Our Defenders President, Nancy Parrish will share stories from survivors, and call on Congress to end commanders’ unfettered authority over the legal aspects of military justice. Parrish will tell Congress for justice to prevail there must be an independent reporting process and commanders’ authority to prosecute and convene trials must be removed. Nothing less will end the damaging cycle of scandals.

The hearing will take place Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 4 at 9:30am ET, in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building.

The hearing will also be live-streamed on the Senate Armed Services Website:http://www.armed-services.senate.gov/.

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WHAT:            Senate Armed Services Oversight Subcommittee Hearing

WHO:              Nancy Parrish  President, Protect our Defenders   

WHEN:            9:30 AM EST, June 4th

WHERE:          216 Hart Senate Office Building

    

Watch the Senate hearing on Sexual Assault in the Military on Tuesday at 9:30 AM EST:  http://www.armed-services.senate.gov

San Antonio Express-News GI sex abuse has powerful foes:  http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/military/article/GI-sex-abuse-has-powerful-foes-4558987.php#ixzz2UmmaCo6Q

Bloomberg: Women Senators Vow No Tailhook Repeat on Sexual Assaults:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-28/women-senators-vow-no-tailhook-repeat-on-sexual-assaults.html

New York Times: Congress Stepping Up Its Efforts Against Sexual Assault in Military:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/us/congress-steps-up-anti-sexual-assault-efforts.html?nl=us&emc=edit_cn_20130524&_r=0

San Francisco Chronicle: New laws needed on military sex assaults:  http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/New-laws-needed-on-military-sex-assaults-4559147.php?t=7e515dba84cefdcb88

Huffington Post: Lindsey Graham On Military Sexual Assaults: Women Are ‘Putting Up With Too Much Crap’:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/26/lindsey-graham-military-sexual-assaults_n_3339375.html

New York Times: Ensuring Justice in the Military:  http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/05/28/ensuring-justice-in-the-military

About Protect Our Defenders: Protect Our Defenders is a human rights organization.  We seek to honor, support and give voice to the brave women and men in uniform who have been sexually assaulted while serving their country, and re-victimized by the military adjudication system – a system that often blames the victim and fails to prosecute the perpetrator. Learn more about Protect Our Defenders at www.protectourdefenders.com or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/ProtectOurDefenders or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ProtectRDfnders.

Protect Our Defenders partners with Attorney Susan Burke, Burke PLLC to advance lawsuits filed against the DoD and service academies for repeatedly ignoring rape, sexual assault and harassment, failing to prosecute perpetrators and retaliating against the victim.

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