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Survivors: Submit Your Comments to the US Commission on Civil Rights by Feb. 11, 2013

The US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) is collecting written statements from survivors of military sexual assault. Share your stories and speak your voice on the structural changes you think need to be made in the military’s handling of sexual assaults. Comments may be submitted until Monday, February 11 via mail at 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20425, or emailed to, or faxed to 202-376-1163.

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The USCCR is collecting these comments as part of their Annual Enforcement Report and Briefing on military sexual assault. Read more about the briefing here.

The Commission plans to gather information on how the DoD: (1) Educates service members, generally, about the DoD’s sexual assault policies; (2) Educates officers on how to process reports of sexual assault; (3) Assists sexual assault victims to file reports and receive needed medical/social services; (4) Investigates sexual assault reports, including the gathering and retention of evidence; and (5) Disciplines perpetrators, with a special focus on the process by which officers decide what form(s) of discipline to impose.

The USCCR is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with monitoring federal civil rights enforcement