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Advocate works to protect military sexual assault victims

This is why we are proud, honored and lucky to know and work with our Founder & CEO Nancy Parish.

Parrish founded Protect Our Defenders in 2011 to help mobilize hundreds of troops and veterans to inform lawmakers about their assaults and secondary victimization by the military. Speier began delivering floor speeches about military sexual assault and introducing legislation to change the system.

“Two years later, Protect Our Defenders’ profile was boosted after Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin overturned a fighter pilot’s sexual assault conviction and released him from jail. When the news hit, many people, including U.S. senators, were surprised that such a thing could happen. In fact, the practice had long been enshrined in military law as part of commanders’ huge discretionary powers.

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