Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) called on Congress to address the pervasive problem of sexual harassment and rape in the U.S. military for the eighth time on the House floor Thursday morning.

“It is a black eye on this country that must be erased,” she said. “Nineteen thousand rapes a year occur in the military, those are figures determined by the Department of Defense itself.”

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube on September 22, 2011, below: