Veterans in Politics International, Inc. (“VIPI”), supports the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law Resolution No. 114 to be brought before the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in Chicago from August 2 – 7, 2012:

For Immediate Release

 

Steve Sanson, President Veterans In Politics International – 702.283.8088

Melody Howard, President, Veterans In Politics, International – Nevada Chapter 702.400.6021

 

 

Veterans in Politics International, Inc. (“VIPI”), supports the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law Resolution No. 114 to be brought before the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in Chicago from August 2 – 7, 2012:

 

The short summary of the resolution is:

 

RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges the Department of Defense to strengthen further its efforts to prevent and eliminate sexual assault within the military by continuing to augment and enhance its education and training, its response capability, its victim support services, its reporting procedures, and its continuing efforts to ensure accountability through the

military justice process.

 

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association opposes the enactment of H.R. 3435, 112th Congress, the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act or similar legislation.

 

VIPI is committed to the prevention and elimination of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape that occurs within the military; however, we believe that H.R. 3435 (“STOP Act”) would only further complicate the way sexual crimes are handled within the military.  

 

Further, we believe that creating a new commission to review every allegation of a sexual crime within the military would be cumbersome and delay justice to both the victim and the accused.

 

Finally, unfortunately, the STOP Act does nothing to address the psychiatric diagnosis given to many victims, deeming them unfit to serve, and followed by a military discharge after reporting a sexual assault.   We encourage the Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law to focus on this deplorable situation on behalf of the victims in its future endeavors.

 

Therefore, we respectfully petition you to support ABA Resolution 114 in its entirety.

 

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