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Christians in Nigeria are living in danger every minute because of their faith. The constant threat of abduction, torture, and murder by radical Muslim terrorist groups hangs over them daily. The ACLJ has just taken action, demanding the worlds’ leaders intervene to end this nightmare for Nigeria’s Christians. We’ve just delivered a critical...More

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OCT // 2015

Defend a Hero; Stop Child Sexual Abuse

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It’s shameful and despicable.

The U.S. Army is threatening to kick out a Green Beret war hero for defending a child from rape.

What’s worse are reports that the military has allowed Afghanistan forces to sexually abuse young children on U.S. bases.

Children – young boys and girls – are being raped and abused, and Sergeant Charles Martland said, “We felt a moral obligation to act.”

For his action, he faces expulsion from the Army.

As his case is reviewed, we’re sending a critical legal letter to the Secretary of Defense demanding direct action to stop this moral outrage and reinstate the brave Green Beret who exposed it. Add your voice now.

Petition to Stop Child Sexual Abuse and Defend Sergeant Martland

To the Secretary of Defense & Secretary of the Army:

The U.S. military has a moral obligation to stop child sexual abuse on our bases and exonerate Sergeant Martland for defending a child from rape.

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Major Victory: Sergeant First Class Martland Exonerated, Will Remain...

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Apr 29, 2016

It’s a massive victory more than six months in the making. Sergeant First Class Charles Martland – a decorated war hero who faced expulsion from the Army for defending a child – has been exonerated and will be...

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ACLJ Sends 66,845 Letters to Save SFC Martland

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Apr 26, 2016

You’ve spoken out in a powerful way. In less than two weeks, 66,845 of you signed on to our letters or wrote letters of your own to save Sergeant First Class (SFC) Charles Martland – a decorated war hero...

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Apr 08, 2016

Over 337,000 of you have signed our petition to defend a war hero, Sergeant First Class (SFC) Charles Martland. But now, as his fate hangs in the balance of his final appeal to save his career, the ACLJ is...

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Sergeant First Class (SFC) Charles Martland is set to be expelled from the United States Army because he was willing to defend a child from horrific sexual abuse and torture.

SFC Martland, a Green Beret Bronze Star recipient, faces expulsion from the Army because he intervened to protect a child from an Afghan child-rapist – an Afghan commander allied with U.S. forces who worked on a U.S. military installation.

After the young boy's mother begged for help, SFC Martland and his superior officer, Captain (CPT) Daniel Quinn, confronted the man. The child-predator admitted the crime and then laughed. "It's just a boy," he mocked. Deciding to send the man – and others – a message, the soldiers forcibly removed the admitted sexual predator from the base. The message was clear: That sickening behavior by our supposed allies will not be tolerated.

But, unfortunately, Army brass did tolerate it; and even worse, the military took action against the protector, not the predator. Now, SFC Martland awaits his fate.

He is the consummate American warrior, hailed by those he served with as a man of honor, a soldier's soldier. He was decorated for his valor, respected for his courage, and feared by the enemy. This war hero is set to be thrown out of the Army for protecting a young child from grotesque sexual abuse.

It's not the enemy who may succeed in bringing him down. No, it's the bureaucracy of his own country. This is wrong and it must end.

The ACLJ has been directly engaged in the effort to defend SFC Martland and reinstate him for months.

Now, the Army has granted a two-month extension in SFC Charles Martland's case, until May 1st.

We are cautiously optimistic, and our work continues. This gives us more time to spread the word and generate support for SFC Martland, both on Capitol Hill and across the nation – and it could signal the Army is taking a closer look at whether to correct this injustice.

According to news reports, the Army has extended the deadline in SFC Martland's appeal until May 1st, saying the "extension was granted to allow consideration of his application to correct his records by the Army Board for Correction of Military Records."

Maybe, just maybe, common sense is beginning to breach the bureaucratic firewall.

The ACLJ has sent critical legal letters to President Obama, Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley, Army Deputy Chief of Staff General James McConville, the chairmen and ranking members of both the House and Senate Armed Services committees, two letters to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, and most recently 19 letters to the leading veterans organizations in the country.

We also continue to raise this critical issue in the media, advocating for the exoneration of SFC Martland.

The pressure is mounting. Already 93 Members of Congress have joined the cause, demanding an investigation into the reports that the U.S. Military told our troops to ignore Afghan soldiers' sexual enslavement of young children. In response, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) – a Pentagon watchdog – recently announced a formal inquiry.

Now, Representative Duncan Hunter (CA-52) has introduced the MARTLAND Act, which "makes it the official policy of the United States that sex abuse of any kind by an American or foreign national is not permitted" on any U.S. military installation. As Rep. Hunter said, "Sgt. Martland had a moral obligation to intervene. Now we must intervene for Sgt. Martland."

Momentum is building, and our Government Affairs and legal teams continue to vigorously work behind the scenes in Washington, DC.

We've reached out to you and you've responded. It's working. But we can't let up.

Help us capitalize on the momentum. Stand up for SFC Martland today. Join over 300,000 others and make your voice heard. Write a letter directly to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Army today. Share SFC Martland's story on social media with the hashtag #StandWithMartland. Be heard for SFC Martland before it's too late.

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