Is it enough to be ‘cautiously optimistic’ about how the military is handling sexual assault?
Today over at Raw Story I talk to a survivor of military sexual assault about what the brass is doing to address the problem:
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held a day-long briefing in Washington, D.C. on Friday that examined the progress the military has made in addressing sexual assault within its ranks. All branches of the military were asked to testify about what they are doing to address the problem, and though the briefing highlighted that the military has made major progress toward addressing issues of sexual assault, it also indicated that it still faces numerous challenges.
Vice Admiral Nanette M. DeRenzi testified that the “Navy remains steadfastly committed to being in front of this problem, eradicating sexual assault within our ranks and ensuring that sexual assault cases are prosecuted through a fair, effective and efficient military justice system.”
Jen McClendon, who attended the hearing on Friday, is a survivor of military sexual assault who served in the Navy during the 1990s and later went public with her assault. She said she was “cautiously optimistic” about what the military had said at the briefing. But, she admitted, the military has been down this road before.
“They’ve been thinking they had a grip on this every five years for the last 25,” she said. “So although some very good answers were given today, I don’t know that they have the same grip that they think they have.”
She was a great interview, so read the rest.