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Received this e-mail today from Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D. NH):
Brave survivors of sexual assault in the military have spoken up. It's time for Congress to listen.

After hearing testimony from victims and advocates about why independent prosecutors should handle military sexual assault cases, the Senate removed a bipartisan amendment that I cosponsored featuring that reform.

With an estimated 26,000 instances of unwanted sexual contact in our military last year alone, this issue requires meaningful reform. Year after year, it gets worse.

Soldiers from New Hampshire and across America make the ultimate sacrifice when they volunteer themselves to defend our freedoms. They deserve better – they deserve justice.

They deserve a vote on this legislation before the full Senate. I’m joining with my colleagues in the Senate to make that happen. Will you stand with us?

Tell the Senate that we cannot ignore the epidemic of sexual assault in our military. Add your name to our petition demanding a full Senate vote on the Military Justice Improvement Act:

http://endsexualassault.com/...

We can’t wait to make changes. And these changes shouldn’t be controversial. Providing our soldiers with a pathway to justice is common sense.

We have to stop the culture of abuse that has taken hold in our military.

Every minute we delay, more men and women are being assaulted. An average of 71 assaults are estimated to occur each day. We have to do something.

Add your voice now in support of our soldiers: tell the Senate our troops deserve a vote:

http://endsexualassault.com/...

Thank you for doing your part to stand up for the service members who give us their all.

Sincerely,

Jeanne

You can sign Shaheen's petition here:

http://endsexualassault.com/...

Originally posted to pdc on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Take New Hampshire Forward!, Military Community Members of Daily Kos, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, and Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism.

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