Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Do not forget about the importance of this subject

Protect our defenders: stop rape in the military

“AP Investigation Exposes Dysfunctional Military Justice System”

“Washington DC – On Sunday, the Associated Press released a new report revealing in shocking detail the military’s flawed and insufficient handling of over 1,000 sex crimes that were reported by service members stationed in Japan between 2005 and 2013. The investigation reveals “a pattern of random and inconsistent judgments” that confirm the urgent need for fundamental reform of the broken military justice system. The story points directly to cases where commanders refused to move forward to courts-martial even after an Article 32 preliminary hearing produced a recommendation to prosecute.”

“Just one example of the persistent and pervasive attitudes towards these cases as shown in the report is the case of Protect Our Defenders Advocacy Committee Member Stacey Thompson. After joining the Marines at age 17, Thompson was stationed in Okinawa, Japan where she was assaulted by her commanding officer. While her rapist was allowed to separate from the Marines during an active investigation and never faced charges for his crime, Stacey was threatened with retaliatory charges and forced to end her career.”

This subject has been rather quiet lately, but the silence has only been in the press: it is still rampant!

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

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