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Received this e-mail today from Senator Kay Hagan (D. NC):
Just last week, the Air Force Lt. Colonel in charge of sexual assault prevention was arrested for sexual battery. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: The Pentagon’s own estimates suggest as many as 26,000 service members were assaulted in 2012. 26,000.

That’s unacceptable. Click here to sign our petition with EMILY's List telling Congress to pass legislation giving our troops the protection they deserve:

Worse still is that only an estimated 13 percent of those men and women reported the crime, and many of the cases were never acted on. In fact, even after a verdict is reached, senior military officers with no legal training can throw out the charges—even if there are serious conflicts of interest. That means many of our troops often have to fight for our country alongside those who abuse them.

We have to fix this. Sign now to tell Congress to act to prevent sexual assault in the military:

Our troops put themselves in harm's way every day. We owe it to them—and to our country—to ensure they can do their jobs without the threat of sexual violence.

Thanks for joining me to stand up for those who fight for us.


You can click here to sign Hagan's petition:

Originally posted to pdc on Mon May 13, 2013 at 01:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by North Carolina BLUE, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism, and Military Community Members of Daily Kos.

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