(Des Moines) A woman who survived sexual assault while she was serving in the Iowa National Guard is demanding justice today.
Miyoko Hikiji, of Urbandale, says up to a half-million women are estimated to have been victimized by a sex predator while on active duty.
“This is not just the military’s problem and it’s not a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue,” said Hikiji. “Every person has the right to live and work in a safe environment free from sexual harassment, predation, assault and rape.”
Hikiji is lobbying for a bill introduced in the state senate that would require action by the Iowa National Guard “chain of command” whenever a sexual assault is reported.
And, State Senator Democrat Steve Sodders claims his bill is long overdue.
“So that these young ladies and young men who have been sexually assaulted have a fair open hearing and can go after the people that assault them,” explained Sodders.
Senator Sodders says he doesn’t expect opposition to the bill from the National Guard.
Iowa Radio Network