Senator Kirsten Gilibrand is fighting to protect those in the military from inhabiting a structure of command that inevitably protects those who rape rather than those who are raped. She wants to prevent the chain of command from deciding whether or not a person has been raped. Of course, the chain of command means that if a friend, a colleague has been charged their buddy decides if a rape occurred. At least forty senators support the idea of Kirsten Gillibrand that when a charge of rape or assault is made, a special military prosecutor will work with investigators in determining what actually happened.
Senator Carl Levin is upset because the “chain of command” will not handle charges which actually might be lodged against those in the chain of command. Who better than empowering the chain of command to decide what happens in the chain of command?