On the heels of a massive petition effort, Marine Corps veteran Nicole McCoy is already busy with her next project. She is collecting stories from service members about rape / sexual assault.
Please send in your story to Nicole.
About six months ago, the film The Invisible War was released. It documents this very issue. It won the 2012 Sundance Audience Award.
The Invisible War – Official Trailer
20% of women in the military are raped or sexually assaulted.
8% of sexual assaults are prosecuted by the US Military.
2% of sexual assault prosecutions result in convictions.
Amy Goodman | Democracy Now!
interviews The Invisible War’s film-makers, victims.
This film seeks to change the ‘blind eye’ culture to our military’s massive rape / sexual assault problem. Perhaps the machine has been slow to react, and maybe significant change is in the works. Nicole McCoy is not counting on it, nor is she willing to wait for it. Calls for change should be met with more than just a high-ranking person delivering seemingly empty promises.
In just one week, hundreds of thousands of people have already signed her petition. Sign it if you haven’t already. It demands that the military deal with convicted rapists and other sexual assault predators with a sex offender registry.
It also demands that those convicted also be punished more than just ‘kicked out of the military’. Many offenders are just kicked out, and not placed on any sort of civilian sex offender registry. One of my former peers was arrested for having sex with a 14 year old. He was kicked out of the military. That’s it. No other punishment. The system is broken.
Maybe a sex offender registry is not the only viable approach. Maybe it’s a bit difficult to implement in a way that ethically minimizes the rare false-positive, but I doubt it. Those are valid discussion points, but I really think those issues are either red herrings and/or can be mitigated.