Tammy Duckworth, the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 8th congressional district, appeared on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ and gave an emotional response to the Pentagon’s report revealing shocking statistics of sexual assault cases in the U.S. military.
She said that she was anabsolute supporter of the UCMJ, The Uniform Code Of Military Justice but the current system had failed to effectively investigate sexual assault cases which is ‘an aberration.’
She referred to the recent case of US Air Force sexual assault and said, “In this instance of military sexual assault case the military unit is not capable of fixing this problem. I would support the independent investigator option where our victims had a chance to go somewhere when I was serving in the military.”
“I want the military to be a place where women can succeed and thrive the way I was able to. And the military leadership at this point has shown that they have not been capable of fixing this problem.”
Duckworth is the first American-Asian woman elected to Congress in Illinois and the first disabled woman to be elected to the House of Representatives.
The interview emerges just days after Jeffrey Krusinski, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and chief of the Air Force’s Sexual-Assault Prevention and Response Program was arrested and charged with sexual battery in northern Virginia.
The shocking incident has sparked concerns regarding safety and security within the military. Krusinski had been removed from his position by the Air Force following his arrest.