Today I came across this petition and really felt the need to share this with you all. It’s utterly disgusting and outrageous. By signing we can let our voice be heard. We have to stop this! Here’s the story of survivor Samantha Jackson:
“I was raped by an Army soldier while unconscious. A year later, I was shocked to learn that my rapist had videotaped the assault.
I reported the rape to the authorities. He confessed. The military told the civilian DA they would handle my case, but then declined to prosecute him. In 2014, the Army told me they would reconsider their decision not to prosecute. However, while they were supposedly reviewing my request, they allowed him to separate, so he could no longer be prosecuted.
We’ve recently learned this was not an isolated event. In July 2013, Admiral James Winnefeld testified before Congress to present data and spin the story of military commanders being tougher on crime than prosecutors. This testimony was used to quash major military criminal justice reform. However, a new AP investigation and Protect Our Defenders report have exposed that the Pentagon misled Congress with bogus data to block reforms I know are needed.
There is strong support for reform from veterans’ groups, the majority of the public, and a bipartisan majority in the Senate.
Now I, along with thousands of other survivors, am calling on President Obama to ensure all servicemembers have access to a fair, impartial system of justice.
I urge President Obama to ensure that professional military prosecutors — instead of commanders — decide whether cases are sent to trial.
Please join with us and ask President Obama to stand with survivors now, and fix this broken system before he leaves office.”
Please sign and share. You can choose to do this anonymously (they won’t show your name online) and it hardly takes a minute, but it can have a huge impact in improving the world!