Defense Against Crime

12/07/2012

Raped in the Military

Normally, I don’t post petitions. But I received the one below in my E-mail. And if this is true..it is something that need to be addressed and stopped. The woman who serve to protect us, should not have to also deal with this

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I served as a Lance Corporal in the Marines for over three years. During that time, I was raped twice and sexually assaulted twice more. It happened so often that I assumed it must be normal.

After I left the Marines, I learned that some studies estimate that one in three women who serve in the US military are raped during their service. But according to current military law, military rapists are not required to register as sex offenders in a national database or to list their crimes on their discharge papers.

I don’t think it’s right that some convicted sex offenders get to wipe their records clean when they leave the military.

That’s why I started a petition on Change.org asking the Department of Defense to create a mandatory national database for convicted military sex offenders — and to make sure they register at the local level too.

Click here to add your name to my petition.

When I tried to find out why some military sex offenders don’t have to disclose their crimes, I was told it would take too long to create a national database, and even that the military is trying to “go green,” and it takes too much paper to add an extra checkbox to discharge papers.

The truth is that most military sex offenders never have to pay for their crimes.Studies say that only 14% of rapes in the military are reported, and only 8% result in a court martial. And because there’s no central listing for those who are convicted of sexual assault in military courts, communities and employers (even the Veterans Administration) have few ways of identifying them.

When I tried to report what happened to me, I was led through a maze of questions and excuses. It felt like no one wanted to hear what happened to me. Instead of getting justice, I was ostracized and humiliated. But I’m not going to stand by in silence anymore. I know that if enough people sign my petition, the Department of Defense will be forced to address this issue.

Click here to sign my petition demanding that the Department of Defense require soldiers convicted of sexual assault in military courts to register on a national database, as well as register in their local state registry.

Thank you,

Lance Corporal Nicole McCoy

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4 Comments

  1. Under this law, states had discretion to disseminate registration information to the public, but dissemination was not required. Congress amended the Wetterling Act in 1996 with Megan’s Law , requiring law enforcement agencies to release information about registered sex offenders that law enforcement deems relevant to protecting the public. Also passed by Congress in 1996 was the Pam Lyncher Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act . This act requires the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to establish a national database of sex offenders to assist local enforcement agencies in tracking sex offenders across state lines.

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    Comment by silver price — 12/07/2012 @ 9:02 PM

    • I think this issue here [the one asserted] is that sex crimes that happen in the Military do not cross over to civilian justice. For example those solders who snap and kill civilian families in military war zones, do the murder charge appear on civilian criminal records, or just their military records?

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      Comment by peppereyes — 16/07/2012 @ 8:22 AM

  2. Registered sex offenders are required to notify the Department of Corrections and local law enforcement no less than 3 business days prior to abandoning or moving from the address of the previous registration – within 3 days of release or being convicted or receiving a suspended sentence, or 3 days of entering state. Offender must register with local law enforcement where the person resides or intends to reside for 7 consecutive days or longer, must register within 3 days. Failure to register is a felony and carries up to 5 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

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    Comment by offshore bank — 10/08/2012 @ 2:22 PM

    • I think this has to do with Military to Civilian transitions..if you are charged with a crime in the military and punished by the military..it does not transfer to civilian law enforcement…does it?

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      Comment by peppereyes — 17/08/2012 @ 8:39 AM


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