Senator Gillibrand's proposal to improve justice for military sexual trauma survivors by removing the authority to investigate and meat out punishment from the chain of command and place it into the hands of a neutral 3rd party is moving the the Senate floor. After the premier of the documentary of "The Invisible War," which highlighted the problem and the astonishingly low rate of sexual assault reporting and military prosecution, questions began to surface and changes in the military were made. Last year the Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing on Military Sexual Assaults scrutinized the panel of almost all males who indicated that they felt it was best to not change the way the military currently handles sexual assaults and keep investigations within the chain of command. Many pieces of legislation were proposed and changes have been made, but no changes regarding the chain of command. Senator Gillibrand has worked on trying to change this. In a recent posting she stated this , "I wanted to alert you to the need for urgent action to help pass the Military Justice Improvement Act. We are expecting a vote on the Senate floor perhaps as soon as tomorrow. We need you all to join with survivors of sexual assault and make your voices heard today to help build support for this important reform.
We have a strong majority of the Senate -- 55 Senators and counting -- who are publicly supporting this bill, just a few shy of the 60 we'll need to overcome a filibuster. Can you add your voice to help us win those few extra votes and get us over the finish line?
Please call, write or tweet your Senators right now, urge them not to filibuster justice for sexual assault survivors and to allow an up or down vote on the Military Justice Improvement Act.
Thanks for all you're doing to help us pass this important legislation so we can create an impartial system of justice within our military that is worthy of the sacrifices our brave men and women make for us every day."
Currently, over 127,000 have signed the petition in support. You can contribute through the link below.
Megan Garza, MA, LMFT is a certified Specialist in Treating Trauma at a Supervisory level and is Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She specializes in work with sexual abuse survivors.