Oversight: Sexual Assaults in the Military: U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, March 13, 2013   [open pdf - 1MB]

This hearing compilation is from the March 13, 2013 Hearing, "Oversight: Sexual Assaults in the Military," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the statement of Kristen Gillibrand: "The issue of sexual violence in the military is not new. And it has been allowed to go in the shadows for far too long. The scourge of sexual violence in the military should be intolerable and infuriating to all of us. Our best, brightest, and bravest join our Armed Forces for all the right reasons: to serve our country, to protect our freedom, and to keep America safe. The United States military has the best in the world and the overwhelmingly vast majority of our brave men and women serving in uniform do so honorably and bravely but there is also no doubt that we have men and women in uniform who are committing acts of sexual violence and should no longer be allowed to serve. Too often, women and men have found themselves in the fight of their lives not in the theater of war but in their own ranks, among their own brothers and sisters and ranking officers in an environment that enables sexual assault. And after an assault occurs--an estimated 19,000 sexual assaults happened in 2011 alone according to the Defense Department's own estimates--some of these victims have to fight all over again with every ounce of their being just to have their voice heard, their assailant brought to any measure of justice, and then to fight for the disability claims they deserve to be fulfilled. Congress would be derelict in its duty of oversight if we just shrugged our shoulders at these 19,000 sons and daughters, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers and did nothing. We simply must do better by them." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following : Kristen Gillibrand, Barbara L. Boxer, Anu Bhagwati, BriGette McCoy, Rebekah Havrilla, Brian K. Lewis, Robert S. Taylor, Dana K. Chipman, Nanette M. DeRenzi, Richard C. Harding, Vaughn A. Ary, Gary S. Patton, Fredrick J. Kenney, and Lindsey Graham.

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