Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lance Corporal Nicole McCoy Wants Soldiers Who are Found Guilty of Rape to Register as Sex Offenders

Lance Corporal Nicole McCoy wants soldiers who are found guilty of rape and sexual assault in the military to be identified as sex offenders. 
It's time that women who serve our country be treated with dignity and respect. MFB
 
I  served as a Lance Corporal in the Marines for over three years. During that time, I was raped twice and sexually assaulted twice more. It happened so often that I assumed it must be normal.
After I left the Marines, I learned that some studies estimate that one in three women who serve in the US military are raped during their service. But according to current military law, military rapists are not required to register as sex offenders in a national database or to list their crimes on their discharge papers.
I don't think it's right that some convicted sex offenders get to wipe their records clean when they leave the military.
That's why I started a petition on Change.org asking the Department of Defense to create a mandatory national database for convicted military sex offenders -- and to make sure they register at the local level too.
Click here to add your name to my petition.

When I tried to find out why some military sex offenders don't have to disclose their crimes, I was told it would take too long to create a national database, and even that the military is trying to "go green," and it takes too much paper to add an extra checkbox to discharge papers.The truth is that most military sex offenders never have to pay for their crimes. Studies say that only 14% of rapes in the military are reported, and only 8% result in a court martial. And because there's no central listing for those who are convicted of sexual assault in military courts, communities and employers (even the Veterans Administration) have few ways of identifying them.
When I tried to report what happened to me, I was led through a maze of questions and excuses. It felt like no one wanted to hear what happened to me. Instead of getting justice, I was ostracized and humiliated. But I'm not going to stand by in silence anymore. I know that if enough people sign my petition, the Department of Defense will be forced to address this issue.
Click here to sign my petition demanding that the Department of Defense require soldiers convicted of sexual assault in military courts to register on a national database, as well as register in their local state registry.
Thank you,
Lance Corporal Nicole McCoy

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good going Nicole. Keep going do not let anyone stop you from your goal. My daughter and I are signing your list.
Doug M.

trirason2 said...

Yes, the fellow-Marines that raped Lance Corporal Nicole McCoy should be prosecuted and identified a sex offenders. This thought that men/males have some sort of superior position of girls/women/females must be put down wherever it raises it head up... Reverend Ira L Lewis, Austin, TX, trirason@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Not all soldiers are HEROS, those male soldiers that RAPE should be labeled as RAPISTS

Anonymous said...

Everyone must be held accountable for their actions or we'll have no society at all. Men hold themselves above accountability because they are attributed more power in our society and because of pure brute strength. Because of this they have more responsibility, not less. Yet, they renege on this, too. Until women are seen with respect by men, we'll remain disrespected and raped. I've been raped 3 times, once when I was 5 years old.

Anonymous said...

I am glad you are doing this. If you have the courage to do it, you'll have the strength to carry it through to resolution. I am with you and so are my prayers. God Bless you.

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