Congress considering bill that would be tougher on sexual assault in the military

MGN Online

WASHINGTON - Samantha Jackson walked up to the White House, 100,000 signatures in hand, ready to share her message with President Obama.

"To this day I've never seen justice," she said.

Earlier on Capitol Hill, Jackson told a room of senators and advocates about the day she was sexually assaulted by her husband, an Army soldier who raped her and videotaped it. He was never punished by the military, after Samantha was told they would handle the case.

"I really did try for so long for someone to hear me," she said.

A new report released by the Associated Press claims the Pentagon misled Congress, by saying it was tougher on crime than prosecutors. Now, New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing a bill that would take the decision to prosecute away from command and put it into the hands of legal experts.

"We need reform. We need to have transparency and accountability, and to have this dysfunctional military justice system is just not good enough," said Gillibrand.

Gillibrand says she's disappointed by the lack of inaction in military sexual assaults.

"I am frustrated with the President," she said.

The White House has not issued a comment, but referred to an April news conference when press secretary Josh Earnest said the President expects military leadership to follow through with the necessary steps to eliminate sexual assault from the military.

For Samantha Jackson, she just wants the petitions read and the voices of the men and women survivors heard. "It's a small part of closure for me and I am able to help make an impact."

Jackson was scheduled to meet with the White House as well as Congress, but that meeting was cancelled at the last minute.