Family, friends, and supports of a slain Texas soldier Vanessa Guillen held a march between the US Capitol and the White House to push for change on how the military handles sexual abuse and harassment. (July 30)
- [SPEAKING SPANISH]
- Shut it down! Shut it down!
NATALIE KHAWAM: They should have the same rights that we have. Just because they put on a uniform doesn't mean they're worse. They're less. They're not second-class citizens. They're Americans like us. They deserve it, and we will fight for it. We will not let this go. And shame on anyone that does not vote for this, and we will call them out, everyone.
LUPE GUILLEN: This could have been prevented. They say no credible information, and that's what annoys me every single day. It annoys me, and it frustrates me because my sister never reported it. Why? Because she was afraid to. She was afraid of retaliation, of being judged every day, of being shot at herself.
- Justice for Vanessa.
LUPE GUILLEN: My sister deserves to be history, to be remembered, and to be honored by [INAUDIBLE] because she died. She died for [INAUDIBLE]. I did not know What what was going on for her. No one did until my sister went disappearing.
FATIMA GOSS GRAVES: The military must confront this problem of harassment and violence in its ranks. It must create a culture of accountability that protects all of its members.
LUPE GUILLEN: Because, Vanessa, you're hearing this, wherever you are. You know I'm not going to stop. I'm not going to be silent because you told me to never give up. You told me to go for it no matter what the people say. You go for it. Do the right thing. And I'm doing this for you.
- --threatened to be thrown over a ship. There are so many things.