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Remove Prosecution of Sexual Assault from Military Chain of Command

Remove Prosecution of Sexual Assault from Military Chain of Command

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June 21, 2013

Last week, the good old boys on the Senate Armed Services Committee engineered a defeat (17-9) of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D. N.Y.) bill, the Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013 (S. 967), that would remove the adjudication of allegations of major crimes, including sexual assault, from the military chain of command. The National Organization for Women believes that this reform of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) is essential in order to redress the ongoing failure of the military leadership to take seriously sexual assault allegations and to hold perpetrators accountable.

TAKE ACTION — Send your message to the Senate now. Demand that a floor vote on S. 967 be scheduled and urge your senators — both Democrats and Republicans — to vote for this bill. Tell them that you will be watching closely as to whether they will vote to protect sexual assault survivors and make this necessary reform that will truly bring about military justice.

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