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On November 24th, 2014, Chuck Hagel stepped down as the US Secretary of Defense. While we await the nomination and approval of his replacement, we must continue to support this important cause. Please continue to sign and share this petition. We'll be sure to address it to the new Secretary as soon as they are chosen.
Final signature count: 5,575
Sponsored by: The Veterans Site

Once upon a time, "don't ask, don't tell" meant something very different than what it's come to represent today. Sexual offenses are the new "don't ask, don't tell."

Sexual assault within the military is a tremendously taboo subject. Service members are often discouraged from reporting crimes against them for fear of military retaliation, shame, or simply because they don't want to cause trouble within their units. Perhaps most egregiously, convicted service members do not have to disclose their crimes on their discharge papers.

Just as we have a national registry for civilian sex offenders, we need to have a similar one for those in the military. With more than 85% of military sex crimes going unpunished, this type of registry is necessary.

Join us in calling on the Department of Defense to create a national military sex offender registry.

Dear Secretary:

It's time to address the issue of sex crime within the US military. With sex offenses in the service up 97% in the past five years, there is no time but now to bring this issue out of its shrouded secrecy.

In fact, secrecy in and of itself has greatly contributed to the pervasiveness of sex crimes within the military, and for myriad reasons. Some victims fear retaliation from the inherently hierarchical military for reporting crimes against them. Others don't want to create trouble within their units. And often military members are protected by their superiors through loyalty or because of the rank they hold.

When a service member is convicted for a sex crime, it isn't required to be evidenced on his discharge papers. With this continued culture of secrecy, it's almost as if military sex offenses are viewed as less important or traumatizing as those that occur between civilians.

This is completely unacceptable, as sexual crimes anywhere cause a great deal of suffering for victims and their families.

I am writing in support of a national military sex offender registry, whereby all convicted service members must enter. There is simply no reason the protect these people from public view; in fact, the more we expose crimes of this nature, perhaps the less we might see instances of them.

Please, do the right thing by sex crime victims and instate a national military sex offender registry.

Petition Signatures

Jan 10, 2017 Kristin Sullivan
Jan 10, 2017 Beatrix Gayle
Jan 3, 2017 Melanie Ringel
Jan 2, 2017 Heather .E. German
Dec 28, 2016 Martina Rimbaldo
Dec 23, 2016 Caren Shiloh
Dec 23, 2016 Lasha Wells
Dec 23, 2016 Jessica Steinbacher
Dec 21, 2016 Richard Laba
Dec 16, 2016 Michael Haenning
Dec 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 14, 2016 Wanda Garrett
Dec 14, 2016 Penni Gourley People need to be warned about deviants like these.
Dec 14, 2016 Jennifer Rice No sex crime should ever go unpunished.
Dec 12, 2016 Tony De Lise
Dec 11, 2016 Esperanza Trevino
Dec 8, 2016 Kimberly Emerson
Dec 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 8, 2016 Karen Randall We desperately need one both in the military and one to follow them when they leave.
Dec 7, 2016 Katie Dwyer
Dec 7, 2016 Kim Hanke
Dec 7, 2016 Linda DeLaquil
Dec 7, 2016 OLGA COTTO
Dec 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 7, 2016 Libby+Esther berman
Dec 3, 2016 Michael D. Nesel Navy Veteran. I agree with this proposition .
Dec 1, 2016 Gordon Meyer
Nov 27, 2016 Renee McKenzie
Nov 26, 2016 Vanessa Favero
Nov 26, 2016 Elaina Valzania
Nov 25, 2016 K Zoll
Nov 22, 2016 bob urbanski
Nov 21, 2016 Yolanda Emeric
Nov 21, 2016 Brian Gottejman
Nov 17, 2016 Debbie Crosthwait
Nov 14, 2016 Jess Turner
Nov 12, 2016 Kelli Coffey
Nov 12, 2016 Lisa Porter
Nov 12, 2016 Antoinette Gonzales
Nov 11, 2016 Cynthia Moir
Nov 11, 2016 MaryAnn Vasquez
Nov 11, 2016 Laura Harris
Nov 11, 2016 (Name not displayed) This is long over due!
Nov 11, 2016 Rachel Means
Nov 11, 2016 Brenda Evans
Nov 11, 2016 Thao Vu
Nov 10, 2016 Kara Donofrio
Nov 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 6, 2016 Anthony Rodriguez
Nov 5, 2016 Cheryl Lechtanski

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