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H.R. 840, The Military Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Act (3 comments ↓ | 4 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 840 would reduce sexual assault and domestic violence involving members of the Armed Forces and their family members and partners through enhanced programs of prevention and deterrence, enhanced programs of victims services, and strengthened provisions for prosecution of assailants.

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Danni

September 30, 2009, 2:05am (report abuse)

In 2002 while stationed on Miramar and living off base with my Marine husband, I recieved a couple of black eyes that were reported. I was made to leave my home and move into the barracks without my newborn daughter. During visitation I had to go to my husbands residence to see my daughter. We got into a verbal fight and when I tried to leave he pinned me up against a door breaking my ribs confirmed by xray. I reported it to my command. I was told by my command nothing could be done, it happened off base. The ER called the police, report on file. The next week I went to my husbands house to pick up my daughter and he sent me back to the ER. This was reported. Finally after much persuasion by the counceling center a CRC board conducted an investigation concluding that there was enough evidence to substantiate that my husband did commit these crimes, level 4 out of 5. there was no diciplinary action. He was then promoted to CPL and given an honorable discharge at the end of his tour.

Erin

November 19, 2009, 8:29am (report abuse)

Why would anybody be opposed to this bill? I am doing a report on rape in the military for a Women's Writer's class at Fredonia University and I was appalled at the stats I found. This is an issue that needs attention and change.

TiffanyK

March 19, 2010, 9:52pm (report abuse)

I too am an ex-military wife who was a victim of domestic violence and am VERY MUCH in support of this bill. My husband was removed from our home and restraining orders instituted on two different occasions. There were many more that could have been reported but I was afraid. The military ruled the two reported cases as "unsubstantiated" abuse even though he openly admitted to threatening to kill me and burn our home down. The civilian counselor investigating the abuse recommended the abuse be substantiated and stated he was severely disturbed and that I should move away and change my name. Despite all this, he walked. I have a permanent civilian restraining order against him but this does NOTHING to a military member. He is now in charge of arms and in officer training for another branch of the military. Further letters to the Lt Col and Colonel in charge of him after him openly threatening, and this dangerous man is still in. Please support this bill!!

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