Senate Fails to Vote

Senate Fails to Vote on Military Sexual Assault Bill

by CARMEN RIOS on Nov 22, 2013  1:00 PM1 Comment

After hours of debate, the Senate failed to vote yesterday on the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA). Introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), MJIA would move the decision of whether to prosecute sexual assault cases out of the chain-of-command and give it to independent, objective, trained military prosecutors.

Six in ten Americans support letting independent prosecutors decide whether to prosecute sexual assault cases in the U.S. militaryaccording to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll. Support is equally divided between men and women, and majorities of Republicans and Democrats also support taking sexual assault cases outside the chain of command. The Feminist Majority urged the Senate to take up MJIA last week.

MJIA would amend the National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA), but Senate Republicans – using the filibuster – blocked MJIA from coming to a vote on the floor yesterday. There was also no vote on NDAA. The Senate then headed into a two-week recess.

Media Resources: ABC News 11/19/13

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Rape statistics

Rape statistics

Rape is not a sexual act. It is an act of power and control. I am sixty three, there are eight nine year old women being raped. There is no lust there. It is the ability to have power over a woman and do anything you want to her. Why the military? Well, I believe that some of the males are insecure having women doing military duty with them. That insecurity can lead to rape. To gain their power back.

The rape victim is not at fault.

The rape victim is not at fault.

There is nothing a woman can do that makes rape acceptable. There are a lot of excuses that men give as to why they had to have sex with a victim but none of them are her fault.

Her lipstick isn’t too red, her dress is not too short, even if she is drunk it is a crime to rape her. She can’t be raped because you see her as a tease or flirt, if you start to make out and she changes her mind and says no. That’s it. Funtime over. No means No. It does not give you the right to force yourself upon her. If she changes her mind about wanting to have sex with you, that is her right. And the reverse is true.

If a young lady flirts with you it is not an invitation to rape her. You could have consensual sex but flirting is an activity all humans do. Most times for most people, it never goes beyond that. A French kiss does not give you the right to rape her. She just may love to kiss. Kissing frequently does not end up in bed. So it is a crime to rape and there are no rationalizations that make it legal. Go home and take a cold shower or go for a nice long run.

Rape statistics are on the rise and I believe the reason is that men are disrespecting women in ever greater numbers. Women must be safe in their homes, walking home from a movie or getting out of the car at the grocery store.

Just to be specific, marital rape is rape. It is still the power and control needs some men have. A wife has the right to say no too. You don’t own her. You married her because you loved her and rape has nothing to do with love. It is a violent violation of her body. And it is a crime. So, No always means No. If you can’t accept a no then it time for a new relationship or a divorce. Beating her so she can’t say no is also a crime. As women we are equal human beings and not here as your chattel.

women are human beings

Marital rape and abuse

Marital rape and abuse

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