19 in Military File Suit Over Alleged Rapes
Lawsuit targets defense secretaries for 'ignoring' cases
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2012 3:30 PM CDT
Updated Sep 28, 2012 3:54 PM CDT
Attorney Susan Burke, who filed a lawsuit for nineteen current and former US military service members over sexual assault accusations.   (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)

(Newser) – Nineteen US military service members have filed suit over rapes they say were ignored by the military, the Daily Beast reports. Following a lawsuit in March by eight women—and the conviction of an Air Force instructor this summer—the new lawsuit targets past and present secretaries of defense for presiding over a system that allegedly violated the civil rights of sex assault victims. The main issue: allowing "a single officer to prevent a victim from accessing the military’s judicial system," says the lawsuit.

"The reality is that this officer may well be a sexual predator himself." Only yesterday, sex assault charges were filed against a brigadier general—"exactly the kind of person that was the intermediary between victims and the justice system," says Susan Burke, the lawyer who filed the lawsuit. "How many rape investigations did he pass on?" Two of the suit's plaintiffs have won convictions in civilian court, but say the military violated their civil rights by ignoring their cases.

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Sep 29, 2012 7:59 AM CDT
hope they win!
Sep 29, 2012 7:21 AM CDT
God Damn!!! What is that Shit on Her lips??? She's got the Herpes !!!!!!!!
Sep 29, 2012 12:02 AM CDT
You have to be nuts not to do everything in your power to stop your child from joining the military industrial complex. If it's your daughter who is thinking of joining, then you have to be double nuts not to stop her. Rape is one of the lowest crimes a human could commit, and there's no excuse for it what so ever. With that said, it remains a fact of life in the armed services, and it would be in very poor judgement for a woman to want to join. Though i think it's in poor judgement for anyone to join. They have us fighting against the Constitution these days, instead of for it. Might have something to do with the fact that private banks fund and own the military.