The MARTLAND Act: Combating Systemic Child Sexual Torture on Our Military Bases | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

The MARTLAND Act: Combating Child Torture

By ACLJ.org1468250867662

Many of you joined with us in advocating for the reinstatement of Sergeant First Class Charles Martland, an American hero who was facing expulsion from the military for intervening on behalf of an Afghan boy who was being sexually abused by an Afghan Commander. Fortunately, your voices were heard and they made a difference—SFC Martland has been allowed to continue his service.

However, the underlying problem remains. Children continue to suffer abuse in areas of the world where our military exerts influence.  Specifically, the practice of bacha bazi—which translates “boy play”—continues in Afghanistan. Even more troubling, there is no evidence that the U.S. has altered its policy in order to allow for intervention on behalf of these children.

Fortunately, Rep. Duncan Hunter has introduced H.R. 4717, the Mandating America’s Responsibility To Limit Abuse, Negligence, and Depravity (MARTLAND) Act. The MARTLAND Act seeks to make it the official policy of the U.S. that child abuse will not be tolerated on U.S. military installations. It appropriately states that child abuse should be confronted and stopped on both domestic and international U.S. military installations.

The story of SFC Martland and others suggests that our military has fallen short of its mission by adopting a policy of tolerance for this kind of disgusting child abuse. The practice is shockingly viewed as a “cultural norm,” rather than a gross violation of basic human rights. H.R. 4717 would ensure that this policy is corrected, and as a result, would provide protection for both the potential victims and the U.S. service members who exercise the moral obligation to intervene.

By enacting H.R. 4717, Congress would ensure that our military stands on the side of child abuse victims rather that the perpetrators of that abuse. We have just sent a crucial letter calling on the House Armed Services Committee to approve this important legislation. We will continue working to see this policy change enacted.

Stand with the ACLJ today and sign our petition supporting the policy of the MARTLAND Act today.

No child should be abused. No American service member should suffer for doing what is morally right. Join us in defending this hero and stopping child sexual abuse.

Protect Afghani Kids from Sexual Torture

Human Rights  Signatures

LOGIN

Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.

$20
$40
$60
$120
$240
Make this a monthly tax-deductible gift.

As we aggressively fight to protect kids facing sexual torture in Afghanistan & others persecuted across the globe, have your gift doubled. Have your gift doubled through our Matching Challenge.

Email Address is required.
First Name is required.
Last Name is required.
Credit Card Number is required.
Verification Code is required.
Expiration Month is required.
Expiration Year is required.
Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.
Encourage your friends to sign and donate by sharing this petition.
Latest in
Human Rights

Chemical Weapons Must Never Be Used Again

By ACLJ.org1491426911579

The world woke up on Tuesday to horrifying images and news out of Syria. Syrian government planes carried out chemical weapon attacks on its own civilians, killing at least 70 men, women, and children in Idlib. At least another 100 continue to be treated in hospitals. While the Syrian military...

read more

Fidel Castro’s Death Response By Obama Admin

By Harry G. Hutchison1480450183886

The Obama Administration continues to engage in a preposterous pattern of behavior, which undermines respect for the rule of law, international human rights, and freedom everywhere. Responding to the death of Fidel Castro, a dictator who killed thousands, tortured and imprisoned many others, and...

read more

Another Hero Ejected from Military

By ACLJ.org1473259773832

This should not be a continuing problem in the United States of America, and yet it’s happening once again. Another American military hero is facing ejection from the Armed Services simply for doing what is right – trying to stop sexual abuse by Afghan police commanders and protect U.S. soldiers. A...

read more

ACLJ Sends Letter to Kenyan Ambassador

By ACLJ.org1470940039194

When police officers in Kenya wrongfully shot Josephat Mwenda, Christian human rights attorney Willie Kimani joined Josephat’s case to ensure that justice would prevail in the face of corrupt police power. But justice did not prevail for Mwenda. While leaving a hearing related to the case, the...

read more