In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by her co-workers while serving in Iraq. When she reported the attack to her employers, she was locked in a metal shipping container and eventually told that a loophole in her employment contract meant that she could not have her day in court.
This month, the U.S. Senate passed an amendment to make sure what happened to Jamie never happens again. It said that no taxpayer money would go to companies that force victims of rape and sexual assault to sign away their due process rights.
I'm glad the Senate passed this amendment overwhelmingly and with bi-partisan support. But I am shocked that David Vitter voted against it.
There is no reason in the world why companies that take taxpayer's money should be allowed to sweep rape allegations under the rug.
We cannot undo the tragic story of what happened to Jamie Leigh Jones, but we can go a long way to making sure it doesn't happen again. If a company wants to receive taxpayer dollars, they should not be able to force victims to give up their constitutional rights as a condition of employment.
David Vitter has refused to explain why he voted to allow taxpayer-funded companies to sweep rape charges under the rug. We can only guess what his reasons were.
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