Another thing #KavanaughHearings should make clear is systemic problem of a panel of mostly-old-men being charged with evaluating victims of sexual assault without expertise in such evaluation--meanwhile also being stakeholders in career advancement of perpetrators.
This is exactly what has been wrong with the military's system of addressing and adjudicating sexual assault. Key evaluations and decisionmaking is in the hands of those with direct conflict of interest, and without expertise needed to make fair, objective decisions.
Why we keep advocating for passage of @SenGillibrand's Military Justice Improvement Act #MJIA #passMJIA is to put decisionmaking in the hands of the military's legal experts instead of stakeholders in career advancement for perpetrators.
If you feel that #KavanaughHearings unfairly treated victim(s), then please ensure we fix this kind of setup in the military. Take a moment to urge your senators and reps to #passMJIA. More info here: gillibrand.senate.gov/mjia

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