STOP military rape
Sexual violence in the U.S. military is a crisis. Despite over 25 years of Pentagon attempts to solve the problem, cases of sexual assault continue to occur at alarming rates. The Department of Defense estimates that in 2010, there were 19,000 sexual assaults in the armed forces.
Making matters worse, each branch of the armed forces has its own judicial system, and it's currently legal for a base commander to overturn a lawful conviction, as evidenced in the outrageous and widely-reported decision to overturn a conviction at Aviano Air Force Base in February of this year.
The military justice system needs serious reform. The STOP Act takes the prosecution, reporting, oversight, investigation, and victim care of sexual assaults out of normal chain of command and places jurisdiction in an autonomous Sexual Assault Oversight and Response Office made up of military and civilian experts.
Your member of Congress needs to hear from you. Congress won't act if they don't know they have the support of the public behind them.
Add your name as a co-sponsor of the STOP Act and tell your representatives in Congress to support it.