Senator Kirsten Gillibrand simply wll not stop fighting for the rights of those enduring prejudice and hatred. She was a leader in obtaining equal rights for gays and lesbians in the military and now she is fighting for the rights of women who have been sexually assaulted. The current system empowers those commanding units to decide whether or not a charge of sexual assault will proceed to the next stage of a trial. This means an officer who might be the friend of someone charged to decide whether there is a trial. Gillibrand wants a trained lawyer or a prosecutor to make that decision.
Friends of those who run the Armed Forces are gathering around these people and refusing to strip them of this decision. Senator Gillibrand now has 44 senators–from both parties– who believe there is need for a system that is objective for all concerned and empowers those with legal knowledge to decide what goes to trial.