Anuradha Bhagwati is a former Marine Corps captain and executive director of the Service Women’s Action Network, which advocates for such policy changes. She was allowed to preview the series and says it gives a realistic picture of what thousands of female service members face, especially its depiction of the retaliation and name calling victims often suffer.
According to Bhagwati’s organization, the Defense Department’s own statistics show that fewer than one in five of these cases are even referred for court martial. She says part of the problem is unit commanders are the judge and jury in these types of cases and there needs to be an impartial party involved. Too often, she adds, perpetrators are given nonjudicial punishments.
“One of the key things that the series brings up,” Bhagwati said, “is this idea that you often don’t get a fair shot within the military judicial system.”
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