Recently, the Air Force lieutenant colonel in charge of sexual assault prevention was arrested for sexual battery. And that's just the tip of the iceberg: The Pentagon's own estimates suggest as many as 26,000 service members were sexually assaulted in 2012.
But with a record number of women serving in the United States Senate, including five Democratic women on the Armed Services Committee, there are leaders making real noise and taking real action.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has mobilized her campaign operation and is holding up the high-level nomination of a senior Air Force officer who overturned a jury conviction in a sexual assault case last year.
Meanwhile, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is taking the lead on passing legislation that will prevent military commanders from handling sexual assault cases that involve their subordinates.
This is what happens when we elect more Democratic women to the U.S. Senate--not just words, but real action. Let them know they have your support as they fight.
Join Left Action and EMILY's List in thanking Senator Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand for taking action to change the way our military handles sexual assault.