Authored by club member Mister Phillips, the resolution was co-sponsored by the ECDC and passed by the state Democratic Party in July. The full text of the resolution is below, and available on the CDP website.
PROTECT SERVICE MEMBERS FROM SEXUAL ASSAULT
WHEREAS, sexual assault is a serious crime that often causes significant physical and mental harm from which some victims never recover;
WHEREAS, there were 3,374 reports of sexual assault involving members of the United States Armed Forces in fiscal year 2012; and the actual incidence of sexual assault involving members of the Armed Forces was probably much higher; the United States Department of Defense (DoD) estimates that approximately 26,000 members of the Armed Forces experienced “unwanted sexual contact” in fiscal year 2012; and
WHEREAS, the DoD admits that “[d]espite unprecedented attention and involvement from senior leadership, enhanced SAPR [sexual assault prevention and response] policies and training, and outreach to key stakeholders, sexual assault remains a persistent problem in the military;”
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party urges President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, and every member of the United States Congress to use the full weight of their respective offices to substantially reduce the number of sexual assaults involving members of the Armed Forces; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, copies of this resolution shall be sent to President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, and California’s Democratic congressional delegation to encourage them in this most important effort to protect services members from sexual assault.