SAN JOSE (KCBS) — Veterans’ groups met with Santa Clara County officials on Tuesday for a call to action against military sexual trauma.
The event was held at the Santa Clara County Government Center as part of a grassroots movement to end sexual assaults and to support needed policy changes to the military.
Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, the director of the Office of Women’s Policy in Santa Clara County said with a handful bills introduced at the federal level over the past year, it’s a critical time for a movement for military sexual assault survivors.
“If their stories and voices are not part of the dialogue, we’re missing a big picture. My hope is what we’re doing here in Santa Clara County can be replicated across the state,” Peralez-Dieckmann said.
Among those testifying in the supervisor’s chambers was U.S. Army Veteran Charlotte Bear. She is a survivor of four counts of sexual assault and is a facilitator of the Moffett Field Collaborative.
“This is a violent crime issue and it’s a travesty and it’s an employer issue because no other federal employer would allow this to stand with these kinds of numbers and statistics without a reformational policy,” she said.
San Jose City Councilman Don Rocha was among invited elected officials.
“I’m concerned as a father with a daughter, you look at her future and her opportunities and her career and you want to make sure that she has protection no matter what she chooses to do,” said Rocha.
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