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Military Rape Crisis Center: Congresswoman Jackie Speier Responds To DoD’s Promise To Take Action On Military Rape And Sexual Assault

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco, San Mateo) today responded to a statement from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s spokesman George Little that the Secretary will issue “very direct guidance” in the coming month to address sexual assault and rape in the military.

“Obviously the Department of Defense is feeling pressure from many directions, including Congress, Veterans, members of the military, support groups, and the public. I look forward to hearing details about the very direct guidance from the Secretary. We want to see actions, not promises.”

Speier introduced the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act—the STOP Act, H.R. 3435, on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 which would take the reporting, oversight, investigation, and victim care of sexual assaults out of the hands of the military’s normal chain of command and place jurisdiction in the newly created, autonomous Sexual Assault Oversight and Response Office comprised of civilian and military experts.

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  1. In late 2009, a young SPC was raped by her acting SGM which she was assigned to the Liaison office at Ft Sill, OK. This continued as she had to share an office at the 1/40th BN with him for approximately six months. Her peers/friends did nothing to help. She was the only junior enlisted Soldier in this office. When this Soldier went to complain the Senior Enlisted Advisor told this Soldier that if she went to high authority that she would spend time in jail and that her children would pay the consequences for her actions. This Soldier was subjected to inspections to her offpost house numerous times by her attacker where he would let her know in uncertain terms he would harm/kill her children if she told on him. Out of a team of approximately ten greensuiters, her being the only female, she was forced to take him to a vasectomy appointment off post. This continued during the rest of her time there as she managed to secure a new position at the Liaison Office at Fort Sam Houston, TX. When she committed to go there, she found that this person was heading there as well. To make sure she didn’t talk? Who knows? What happened next was that her Supervisor at FSH KNEW about her alleged rape and did nothing. Let her live in a world of untrust and fear. This cost her the career that she loved and desired. At the time she was NG. While she wasn’t doing this fulltime, she was a contractor and loved giving ALL of herself to the Soldier to make them better than her. Now, she spends every day debating would it be better to kill herself and get it over or should she stick around and let her daughters know that it’s okay to live in fear? She couldn’t tell the truth during the MEB because she was told she’d go to the Brig. Now you tell me, how is my friend supposed to live a normal life? She spends everynight in front of her door, leaned against the wall with a butcher knife watching for someone to burst in?? How is this far???? This is not the strong, loving, happy, intelligent woman she used to be. I just found out recently that she had contacted another NCO via Facebook and told him that if anything happened to her while at Ft Sill to please take care of her little girls. She didn’t expect to make it out of there alive. And yet you think some pretty words on a website or on some paper are gonna make it better?!? Since late 2009, this Soldiers life has been a nightmare and she blames herself. Many SNCO’s knew of it and did NOTHING. You are quite the fool if you think anything if going to change. This person is going to keep raping and use intimidation as his way of doing so. My best friend is now a new person that trusts noone and doesn’t want to leave her home. This has destroyed her. Now how are you going to fix a situation like that????? How am I, as her friend, supposed to tell her that her life can go back to what it was and she doesn’t need to be afraid?

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