Kimberly Hanks spoke today publicly for the first time about her ordeal with Lt. Col. James Wilkerson, who was convicted by a military jury of aggravated sexual assault last year (video below)
Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin recently dismissed the conviction for apparently no reason at all.
Appearing on the 'Today' show on Wednesday, Hanks described the assault: “I opened my eyes and he was in bed with me with his hands down my pants.”
“Well, I couldn’t let this guy get away with it I did the right thing,” she said. “I reported it, I told the truth.”
Hanks said she was “absolutely stunned” that the conviction had been overturned.
“It looks to me that [Lt. Gen. Franklin] is protecting one of his own,” said Hanks.
In Congress on Wednesday numerous sexual assault victims detailed their experiences with the U.S. military’s “broken” justice system, reports the Associated Press.
“I question now whether that unit that that man returns to, where there’s any chance if a woman’s sexually assaulted in that unit [she] would ever say a word,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. “Because what that general just said was ‘that jury’s decision didn’t matter.’