Protect Our Defenders
is a human rights organization.
Protect Our Defenders (POD) is the only national organization solely dedicated to ending the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military and to combating a culture of pervasive misogyny, sexual harassment, and retribution against victims. They honor, support, and give voice to survivors of military sexual assault and sexual harassment – including service members, veterans, and civilians assaulted by members of the military. POD seeks reform to ensure all survivors and service members are provided a safe, respectful work environment and have access to a fair, impartially administered system of justice.
Protect Our Defenders has a Legal Services Program that provides legal and casework support to survivors of military sexual assault, sexual harassment, and reprisal as a result, including service members, veterans, and civilians who were sexually assaulted or sexually harassed by a service member. They have also recently expanded our services to include assisting those who are bystanders and whistleblowers experiencing retaliation for reporting a sexual assault or harassment. While legal assistance cannot be guaranteed, they will do their best to assist as appropriate. The intake form for the Legal Services Program can be found here