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D.C. march planned in support of #IAmVanessaGuillen Act

Fort Hood officials to give update in Vanessa Guillen case
Posted at 12:41 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 13:41:59-05

A march in Washington D.C. is planned for later this month in support of the #IAmVanessaGuillen Act.

Organizers say the march is to show Congress and President-elect Biden that "we will not stop until the legislation #IAmVanessaGuillen is signed into law."

The march will take place in Washington D.C. on January 21st at 1PM.

"This march will be about #VanessaGuillen, #SexualViolence, #ArmedForces, and uniting for a cause that we have been needing for years," the Facebook post said.

Guillen, 20, was bludgeoned to death at Fort Hood by Spc. Aaron Robinson, who shot himself in the head on July 1 as police were trying to take him into custody. The soldier was missing for months before her remains were found.

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and other officials at the Pentagon released the findings of an independent review of leadership on Fort Hood in response to her murder in December.

He suspended or relieved several leaders and soldiers at Fort Hood after an internal investigation revealed "major flaws" in leadership at the base.

The review committee found a deficient climate at Fort Hood, including ineffective implementation of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program that resulted in a pervasive lack of confidence, fear of retaliation, and significant underreporting of cases, particularly within the enlisted ranks.

The committee recommended improvements for overall SHARP program structure.

"Army Values, Leadership, and the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Program known as SHARP has accusation of failure and it has been going on for years, and now it has been proven by the death of 20 year-old Specialist Vanessa Guillen," the march organizers said.

"The law within the U.S Army is leaving soldiers unprotected like Vanessa Guillen, because the only reason the U.S Army cares about is their image. It easier to just let it go under the rug than to face the problems."

The march organizers are calling for the people to use their voice to spread awareness.

Details of the march will be coming out soon, according to organizers.