The I Am Vanessa Guillén Act would institute several reforms, including:

  • Explicitly listing sexual harassment as a crime in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the official constitution for military law. While rape and sexual assault are both listed, sexual harassment is not, although it could still be potentially prosecuted under other vaguer provisions.
  • Requiring the Secretary of Defense to establish a process by which a service-member can lodge a sexual harassment compliant confidentially.
  • Moving legal decisions on whether to prosecute a sexual offense outside of the existing military chain of command, instead to an Office of Special Prosecutor established within each branch — including the creation of such an office in any branch where it does not yet exist.

I call upon Congress and the Biden Administration to support the immediate passage of the I am Vanessa Guillén Act.