Rape Victims Testify Before Senate on Sexual Assault in U.S. Military

Victims of violence and sexual harassment in the military testified before a U.S. Senate panel on March 13, detailing their experiences and exposing the military’s botching of their claims. According to NPR, The victims insisted that the system of reporting abuse and sexual assault in the military is broken, misconduct runs rampant and there is no recourse for the victims.

Rebekah Havrilla and BriGette McCoy both gave sincere and shocking testimony about how they were raped while deployed in the Army. They urged Congressmen to legislate change swiftly.

“What we need is a military with a fair and impartial criminal justice system, one that is run by professional and legal experts, not unit commanders,” said Havrilla.

The Defense Department plays the entire role of the justice system for these victims, despite the potential conflict of interest. Why would we not provide the same protections and channels to justice for military members that we guarantee for civilians?

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