We are among the thousands of survivors of military sexual assault.
Hear our stories, take action, help change the system.
SIGN THE LETTER FOR MILITARY JUSTICE
In the military, reporting a rape can ruin your career. Most Americans assume that our service members, if raped, have access to a fair system of justice. But in the military, the rapist’s commander, not a legally trained prosecutor, has the power to decide if a case will go to trial or what the charges will be. The commander also picks the jury. The current military justice system is not fair. That is why we are asking you to stand with us and our service members and call on President Obama to make sure that rape is not an "occupational hazard" that undermines the strength of the United States military.
Dear Mr. President,
It is time to reform the military justice system. We cannot keep putting our military service members in a position where commanders, who are not legally trained, hold the keys to justice. We need you to declare your support for a military justice system that operates outside the accused’s chain of command. The boss of your rapist should not decide whether to investigate and prosecute your rape, and should not have the power to select the jury. It’s un-American. Please take a stand and change the system.
Protect Our Defenders is a human rights organization.
We honor, support and give voice to the brave women and men in uniform who have been raped or sexually assaulted by fellow service members. We seek to fix the military training, investigation and adjudication systems related to sexual violence and harassment — systems that often re-victimize assault survivors by blaming them while failing to prosecute perpetrators.
Photographs by Chris Bartlett