TIME’S UP Commends Commission to Address Sexual Assault in the Military for Taking Bold Action

Military Sexual Assault, Public Policy, Safety

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Department of Defense released the final recommendations and complete report authored by the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment, a 90-day commission that developed solutions to addressing sexual assault in the military. The commission was led by Lynn Rosenthal—who, under President Obama, was the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women—and was supported by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III. TIME’S UP Foundation’s CEO and President Tina Tchen responded to the news with the statement below:

“We commend the work of the Commission, the extraordinary leadership of Lynn Rosenthal, and the team of experts whose contributions have given us a real chance to finally address the broken systems that have fostered the epidemic of sexual assault and harassment in our armed forces for far too long. We agree that anything less than transparent, meaningful change is unacceptable for our service members and see the administration’s support for these recommendations as a tipping point in making our nation better, safer, and more equitable for all.  

“The Commission’s report was clear: Too many service members have endured sexual assault and have been forced to suffer in silence for fear of being dismissed, or worse, retaliated against for coming forward. With nearly 1.3 million active-duty service members, the Department of Defense must not fail in its responsibility to overhaul the military’s approach to combatting sexual harassment and assault. As our nation’s largest employer, the DOD must ensure a safer and more equitable work environment for all—in addition to ensuring force readiness, retention, and military effectiveness. 

“TIME’S UP firmly stands with all service members who have endured sexual violence, and we are proud to support the policy changes proposed by the Commission. It is our belief that this report will serve as a new road map to fix broken systems and finally provide survivors of sexual assault with a direct line to justice. As nonmilitary civilians, we must seize this moment and call for swift action on this issue, because the fact is, when those who protect our nation from harm do not feel safe in their workplace, we are not safe either.”

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