Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is the primary sponsor of a legislative proposal which would change the way the military responds to allegations of sexual assault. Sen. Gillibrand’s proposal would remove the decision regarding possible prosecutions from the military chain of command. Instead, it would have military lawyers make the decision. For a brief description regarding Sen. Gillibrand’s proposal and a discussion of the opposition see Scully, Megan. "Sex-Assault Proposal Faces Uphill Battle." CQ Weekly (November 18, 2013): 1928-29. Sen. Gillibrand’s proposal was expected to be voted on in the US Senate Feb. 10, 2014.
For more information regarding this issue see the library resources and websites listed below:
Investigating Sexual Harassment in Law Enforcement and Nontraditional Fields for Women by Penny E. Harrington and Kimberly A. Lonsway. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, c2007. Dewey Library / HV 8141 H297 2007.
For Love of Country: Confronting Rape and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military by T.S. Nelson. New York: Haworth Maltreatment and Trauma Press, c2002. Dewey Library / UB 418 W65 N431 2002.
Ruth Moore Act of 2013: Report (to accompany H.R. 671) (Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office). Washington: U. S. Government Printing Office, 2013. University Library / GovDoc: J 85 Y 1.1/8:113-63 and Online.
A Review of Sexual Misconduct by Basic Training Instructors at Lackland Air Force Base: Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, first session, hearing held January 23, 2013. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2013. University Library / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.AR 5/2 A:2013-2014/2 and Online.
Invisible Wounds: Examining the Disability Compensation Benefits Process for Victims of Military Sexual Trauma: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, second session, Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2013. University Library / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.V 64/3:112-70 and Online.
Preventing Sexual Harassment: DOD Needs Greater Leadership Commitment and an Oversight Framework: Report to the Ranking Member, Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives. Washington: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 2011. Online / GovDoc: J 85 GA 1.13:GAO-11-809.
Military Personnel: DOD’s and the Coast Guard’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Programs Need to Be Further Strengthened: Testimony before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives / statement of Brenda S. Farrell, and Randolph C. Hite. Washington: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 2010. Online / GovDoc: J 85 GA 1.5/2:GAO-10-405 T.
Koons, Jennifer (2013). “Sexual Assault in the Military.” CQ Researcher, August 9, 2013, Volume 23, Issue 29.
Mantel, Barbara (2012). “Sexual Harassment”, CQ Researcher, April 27, 2012, Volume 22, Issue 16.
Clemmitt, Marcia (2009). “Women in the Military”, CQ Researcher, November 13, 2009, Volume 19, Issue 44.
Military Sexual Assault: Chronology of Activity in Congress and Related Resources by Barbara Salazar Torreon. Washington: Congressional Research Services, July 30, 2013.
Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN)
- Advocates for the reformation of the Military Code of Justice
- Advocates for prevention and victim support programs
DOD Reports to Congress re Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
- Annual reports on sexual harassment and violence in the armed services and military service academies
DOD Safe Helpline
- Sexual Assault support and assistance network for DOD community
Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
- Sexual Assault Policy, prevention, training and reporting procedure
Bibliography compiled by Cary F. Gouldin
Introduction by Richard Irving