The protest was of about two dozen individuals, most of them ladies and none in uniform
Washington, United States: A gaggle of energetic and retired US troops gathered in freezing temperatures outdoors the Pentagon on Monday to deliver consideration to sexual assault and harassment within the navy.
The protest of about two dozen individuals, most of them ladies and none in uniform, comes amid an ongoing wave of revelations about sexual misconduct within the office that spawned the social media marketing campaign with the #MeToo hashtag.
Sexual assault within the armed forces has lengthy been a large drawback, with personnel reporting greater than 20,000 allegations of sexual assault at navy installations over the previous 4 years.
However many victims by no means report incidents, so the actual quantity is probably going far larger, in line with a Pentagon report that additionally discovered victims typically face retaliation for coming ahead.
Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has sponsored laws that may make it simpler for victims to talk out and “take away the systemic concern that survivors of navy sexual assault describe in deciding whether or not to report the crimes dedicated towards them,” her web site states.
Protesters at Monday’s occasion held placards supporting the laws and carrying slogans resembling “Denial will not be a coverage”, “Cease the retaliation”, and “#MeTooMilitary.”
Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross mentioned such occasions underscore the Pentagon’s “continued efforts to remove sexual harassment and assault from the navy.”
“DoD encourages better reporting of sexual assault to attach victims with restorative care and as an vital means to carry offenders appropriately accountable,” he mentioned in an announcement.
The Protection Division “understands that it has an vital voice within the nationwide dialog about sexual assault and sexual harassment; we’re dedicated to sharing our successes and challenges in hopes that what we be taught can profit US society as a complete.”
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