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Protect Our Defenders Released 2017 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military

Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Category: Sexual Harassment/Assault/Trauma - ME

Protect Our Defenders (POD) recently released its 2017 Annual Report, “Harnessing This Tipping Point Moment.” POD states:

“2017 was a pivotal year in the movement to hold perpetrators accountable for sexual violence. More and more survivors came forward and the public listened in a way it hadn’t in the past. As the #MeToo movement grew, so did our national outrage. From Hollywood to the halls of Congress, sexual predators were beginning to at last be exposed and held to account. These institutions had no choice but to respond to public pressure. But while the culture of silence and denial was broken for many, military service members are legally silenced, giving up their freedoms to protect ours.”

POD, established on 2011, is a human rights organization founded and dedicated solely to raise awareness and prevent sexual harassment and violence within the United States military. They pursue change through individual advocacy, public education, and congressional legislative actiion.

Former Head of Marines Sexual Assault and Prevention Unit Joins Protect Our Defenders as CEO In Response to Marines United Scandal

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | Category: Sexual Harassment/Assault/Trauma - ME

Scott Jensen, retired Marine Corps colonel and Marine Corps sexual assault and prevention unit, recently became the Chief Executive Officer for Protect Our Defenders, a nonprofit human rights organization advocating for servicewomen and men. They are focused on military justice reform to ensure an unbiased, more transparent federal agency legal system that operates independently from the civil legal system. They continue to challenge the Department of Defense’s (the largest employer in the world) efforts to recognize, deter, and litigate sexual assault and harassment within their ranks and to protect victims/survivors of sexual assault and harassment from retaliation and retribution. Protect Our Defenders offers pro bono legal services.

Pingree Continues to Fight to Protect Survivors of Sexual Assault Who Seek Security Clearance

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | Category: Sexual Harassment/Assault/Trauma - ME

Drafters of the final version of the national security clearance questionnaire apparently considered the Director of National Intelligence's April 2013 changes to Question 21 of the Standard Form 86 as provisional. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) is again asking the Director not to force survivors of sexual assault to disclose whether or not they pursued counseling, just as military personnel counseled for combat-related PTSD have long been exempted.

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